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Post by andoy on Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:16 pm

I'm starting to plan a fox/cat proof aviary to contain a few ducks (mini Silver Appleyards) and perhaps some quails. I was planning to have a small paddling pool with ramp to keep the ducks happy. Are adult quails safe from drowning? I could let the duck out to swim every so often, but it would be nice to have something in there that the ducks could access when they want.

2nd question, should the small ducks and quail get on ok and will it be feasible to keep them together?

3nd question, ducks need food that doesn't have anti-coccidiostat which I've read is harmful to ducks, so I'm going to use feed that does not contain this (I've bought some from Small Holder Range). Is that advisable for quail to eat the same? It will be difficult for me to keep them from eating separate food if I keep them together.
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Post by Harrie on Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:40 pm

I use the A&P and I think because they don't put the meds in then it's okay for all poultry type birds. To be sure send them an email - I have several times and they're very helpful.
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Re: are adult quails pond safe?

Post by Suz on Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:19 pm

There's a few reasons why I wouldn't keep quail & ducks together -

1. I doubt a water logged quail would know how to rescue itself from drowning if it fell into the ducks pool.

2. Ducks tend to be bullies. When i first got my day old duckling they had to be removed from the 3wk old japs brooder within a few hours as they kept nipping the poor quail. Then when they were older I had to remove my big rabbits from the run as the ducks kept picking on them.

3. I wouldn't inflict duck mess on anything but other ducks.

4. Horny drakes seem to want to hump anything.

I fed the ducklings & quail chicks on A&P Small Holders range chick crumb. The chooks, quail & ducks still get fed the same feed, although the ducks now eat less pellets and more mixed corn & grains.

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Re: are adult quails pond safe?

Post by andoy on Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:52 pm

Cheers Suz,

Damn, I was hoping to keep a few more quail in my planned new duck enclosure. I used to keep ducks when I was a kid, I've never found them too smelly, but then they were completely free range (as were the chickens). So I guess the smell didn't accumulate. We didn't have a fox or cat problems in the Philippines, but we did have the occassional problem with snakes and large rats.
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Post by Suz on Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:04 pm

Maybe its just my lot Andoy, but I have to clean out there straw bedding daily, hose down there pen daily and scrub it out with jayes fluid twice a week. It doesn't take them long to churn all grass and earth into a stinky mud bath either. My ducks are quite big so have my cats & dogs well trained to keep there distance Smile which made making their pen much easier (no roof)

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Re: are adult quails pond safe?

Post by adamntitch on Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:32 pm

ad not mix them ether av not had adult ducks but have reared ducklings and there messy when confined (sp) also quails will not get out the water if they become water loged as suz said i bathed mine one day and they took ages to dry never mind in a pond realy soaked

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Post by dave. on Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:51 pm

hi, ebay item no 9999999999999, Quail Water Wings, hope this helps. dave.
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Re: are adult quails pond safe?

Post by andoy on Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:20 am

Dave, you cheeky monkey! :above:

Anyway, I'll show you... once I've perfected my GM mutant quail-ducks. Quacks for short Razz
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Re: are adult quails pond safe?

Post by internet_nobody on Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:36 am

Maglets 2 and 3 can tell you quail get into water and don't get out...No matter how cold and frail they're getting.
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