Two years ago I was breeding Coturnix quail for eggs and it all went well as long as I only kept one male per pen with about 5-6 hens. However I have read many times that if they are given a large enough pen that multiple males can be kept together. This never seemed to work out for me. I had 3 males and two of them injured one so badly that he died the following day. Then the two were fine for awhile but then the hens stared to beat up on one of the other hens and took out one of her eyes. She ended up dying as well. I have the opportunity to get some hatching eggs in a couple of weeks and decided to try my hand with them again. I don't like keeping them in small cages with wire floors and am in the process of building an even larger outdoor enclosure than the last one. This one will be about 8'x15' with various hiding places and plant coverage. Am I fooling myself into thinking that I will be able to keep 3 males each with 4-5 hens in an enclosure of this size. Has anyone had any luck keeping them in a colony situation. Thanks.
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Hi, I keep my coturnix quail all in one cage, about 8x14. I have multiple males and they do fine together, but they are very mellow for male quail, I only kept the calmest ones. They do have lots of places to get away from each-other, and there is a divider in the middle with a doorway through. They have to jump up 6 inches to get over it and it seems to help break up any fights. I did have some problems at first but once I got rid of the aggressive males everything settled down.
It doesn't work for everyone but so far it works for me.
This picture was taken last summer (I also have pigeons and doves in there)
Oh yeah and any plants you plant will probably be destroyed by the quail, I had tons of blackberry bushes in their cage at first and after a couple months they were completely gone . They ate everything except the stems.
Lol the 2 profiles was confusing for a moment, but I figured it was something like that.
I hope this works for you! Another thing, it would be good to have a covered roof (you probably were planning on having that anyway) cause half my quail cage has a roof made of fencing and when it rains it gets super soggy.