Lovebirds and quails

Labbie

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Hi Guys,

I have just had my new aviary finished, I have lovebirds. I am thinking of getting some quails, I have never had them before. I am wondering if anyone knows how well they would get on in the aviary with the lovebirds?
Thanks
 

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I know very little about quails. But in general, it's not a great idea to mix species, even in a large aviary. Sometimes it does work out, but most times it doesn't, and quails and lovebirds are very different, so I don't think it would go well.
Then again, someone with more quail experience might be more helpful than I am.
 
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Labbie

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Rainbow lorikeets Rosie and Mollie. Peach faced lovebirds Pixie and Missy. Peach faced lovebirds Storm and Blossom. Blue masked lovebirds Alfie and Millie.
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I know very little about quails. But in general, it's not a great idea to mix species, even in a large aviary. Sometimes it does work out, but most times it doesn't, and quails and lovebirds are very different, so I don't think it would go well.
Then again, someone with more quail experience might be more helpful than I am.
Thanks for your help
 

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Not a good idea. Poultry carry a ton of diseases and parasites that they can absolutely transmit to parrots, that parrots do not have any natural adaptation against. I used to have a small flock of conturnix quail and rehomed them recently due to the ongoing bird flu outbreak in the US, but even before I did that I always made sure to change shoes and thoroughly wash my hands before going into the parrotโ€™s area after dealing with the quail.

Also, coturnix quail can be extremely aggressive. Before they met their end in a cookpot, the โ€œextraโ€ males we had announced their pubescence by scalping the females and other males alike in a horomone-induced frenzy. I would not want to see that turned onto a smaller bird.

Also - I donโ€™t know what kind of flooring you have in your aviary, but quail require a high protein gamebird mix to thrive, which means their stools reek to high heaven. The smell is nothing like parrot poop. Parrot poop smells like sunshine and roses by comparison - and I have owned chickens and ducks in addition to quail, so Iโ€™ve smelled it all, haha!
 

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