I have just been given 3 cockatiels and its given me the bug! I have an 8ft-6ft shed and space for a 7ft-7ft flight which i have just started building,ive always liked quails and have been told they will get along fine with the others.Could anyone please help me with which type to buy and also can i plant any living plants for them to hide in?
starting from scratch(6 posts)
Welcome to the farmingfriends forum. I have japanese quail in an aviary type run and they are very healthy and happy. I also know a gentleman who keeps his qauil in an aviary with other birds such as finches and cockatiels. Quail are good to put in an aviary as they are ground nesting birds and will eat up spilt seed as well as their own feed.
Quail are shy game birds that ground nest and therefore in the wild seek out natural cover. Their natural habitat includes grassland and agricultural land, although they don’t like the crops to be too tall.
If you are trying to create a natural environment in a run or aviary then some conifer branches placed in a corner or pots with small conifers in would work well. Also bracken cuttings and small branches and logs can be used to help create the natural environment.
Hope that helps.
sara @ farmingfriends
I have decided to opt for chinese painted quails for there looks mainly picking them up today cant wait! still unsure about plants thou ive searched site after site and not much info, has anyone tried rosemary i know its fine for cockatiels but dont want to harm my quails!
I thought herbs, such as rosemary & lavender, would be good as they provide good cover and will smell nice - also they have antiseptic qualities. But I have just found this article http://texnat.tamu.edu/symposia/quail/page3.pdf
which says plants provide food as well as cover - they say a wide range of plants is best. Do let us know if you hear of any good plants
Hi Nick, Hope the quail are all well. One thing that may be worth trying is to go on the website of Kings who do gamecover. They have lists of the plants they use for pheasants and partridge and these all have edible seed heads or provide shelter. You will know they are safe as food plants and if you grew them in containers you could put them in the run with the birds and replace as they get stripped out. Just keep a running sowing going and watch both the quail and the cockatiels enjoy the results.
Just a thought.
I have been searching for info about plants for quail and read that these plants are used for food for quail.
Doveweed [wooly croton]
Hope this helps.
sara @ farmingfriends
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