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I'm looking for some help. My mom had a budgie and a cockatiel when she was younger and my dad had a canary. I recently had a cockatiel but he died just before Christmas. I will be getting two budgies at the beginning of August and my dad mentioned getting quails aswell. The pet shop where I will be purchasing them keeps quails(Chinese painted), cockatiels and budgies in the same large cage. It is a very big glass cage covering a good 3 metres by 1 metre. If I purchase the budgies and the quails at the same time, because they have come from the same cage, will they be ok with each other?
Also, to keep two budgies and two quails in the same cage, what would be the minimum measurements for the cage? How big does it need to be?
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Generally, the only time quail are housed with budgies is in large outdoor aviaries, I would not recommend putting quail in the same cage with the budgies unless you are planning to have a very large aviary.

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Hello Vicki! to the forums.

I agree that quail can only be housed with budgies when they are kept in a large aviary (i.e several metres by several metres). Budgies tend to bully smaller species when they don't have enough space; even with the correct amount of space there is still that risk. Mixed species living arrangements never work well in a cage, it just isn't large enough and it can be dangerous for one or more of the birds if the budgies decide to pick on the other ones.

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A lot of pet shops will keep quail in cages until they are sold but they are not suited to living in cages they are aviary birds.

One of the reasons for this is the way they fly straight up if they get spooked. If in a short cage they can seriously injure themselves on the roof. They also require a lot of space to root around on the floor and they do require their own diet they can not live off the 'scraps' of the budgies food.

You also need plenty of space for them to hide and they must have the space to hide frm the budgies as the budgies can be quite aggressive towards the quail if you get a bully in the flock.


Unless you have a large outdoor aviary then i advise you to stick to just budgies in the cage.
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How big would the aviary have to be?
I know that sounds stupid but any dimensions on the preferred size would be great
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Do you have space for an outdoor aviary?
What state do you live in?
How cold does it get there in the winter?

There are a lot of things which need to be considered.
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How big would the aviary have to be?
I know that sounds stupid but any dimensions on the preferred size would be great
Height wise for the quail a minimum of 6foot.

The other measurements depend on how many birds you intend to keep in there.

You also need to take into account an indoor sheltered area with heating for winter and space for cages for sick birds which have to then remain inside until the weather warms up again.
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I agree that quail should only be kept with other species of birds in an aviary. I would not consider anything less than 6ft x 6ft x 6ft. Not only will you need a place for them to hide but if they breed you will need to have smaller wire for at least 1ft from the ground up to stop babies escaping. Baby quail can escape through bird wire that is 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch. You need to put some 1/4 inch x 1/4 inch wire around the base or solid metal sheeting to prevent babies getting out. Also you cannot keep more than 1 male in a group as males will fight, so it will not work if you don't want to breed and just get some males. Usually when we keep quail in an aviary you have 1 male to around 4 females. In Australia most decorative quail are hatched by incubator and not parent raised, so if the quail you get were incubated they may not look after their eggs properly and the hens will not sit on them until they hatch. Baby quail are independent from the day they hatch and do not require the parents to feed them, so if you have babies hatch you will not be able to feed them on pellets as they will probably be too big for the babies to eat, baby quail are very tiny. You will need to feed them a mash instead of a pellet. Also be very careful of the depth of water containers as it is very easy for quail, especially babies to drown if the water container is too deep. Being ground feeders they require food and water to be placed on the floor of the aviary and not high up like you would for a perching bird like a budgie.

Many people in Australia keep small quail on the floor of the aviary as they help to keep the aviary floor clean. They will eat any seed that falls on the floor that the budgies have thrown about. They will also eat bugs that get into the aviary floor area, like small beetles, worms and grubs.
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