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Combining flocks?

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I have 3 coturnix in one cage: 2 hens, 1 roo, all from the same hatch. The hens are not laying at all, and I think maybe the roo is stressing the hens too much.

I have other cages with 6 birds in each: 5 hens and 1 roo. These are from different hatches.

I thought it might be good to take one hen out of each cage with 6 birds and put them in with the cage with only 3 birds so the hens wouldn't be so stressed.

But will they all get along or am I asking for trouble here?
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So if my math is right you have 7 hens and 2 roosters?You should be able to put them all in 1 cage as long as none of them have been in this cage.It has to be neutral grounds for everyone and they should get along okay.I would suggest a cage at least 3'x6' for all 9 birds minimum,bigger is always better.

In N.H.,Tony.

Raising ornamental pheasants in temminick,saytr,cheers,edwards,blue eareds,germain peacocks,eliot,swinhoe,mikado,lewis silver,impeyan,brown eared,and grey peacock pheasant,diamond doves and cockatiels.New breeds added red golden,yellow golden,amherst,silvers.
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Raising ornamental pheasants in temminick,saytr,cheers,edwards,blue eareds,germain peacocks,eliot,swinhoe,mikado,lewis silver,impeyan,brown eared,and grey peacock pheasant,diamond doves and cockatiels.New breeds added red golden,yellow golden,amherst,silvers.
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post #3 of 4
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Sorry for the confusion. I actually have 4 cages. Three of them have 5 hens and one roo. The other cage has 2 hens and one roo.

I was thinking of taking one hen from each of the 3 cages and putting them in with the 2 hens. That way the 2 birds that aren't laying get some rest and start laying.
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If you take 1 hen from each cage and add them to the cage with 2 hens,your best bet is to move them all around so no one is in a cage that he/she has been in.If you add 3  hens to an existing cage of birds you may have problems.So move all birds so everyone is on neutral grounds.

In N.H.,Tony.

Raising ornamental pheasants in temminick,saytr,cheers,edwards,blue eareds,germain peacocks,eliot,swinhoe,mikado,lewis silver,impeyan,brown eared,and grey peacock pheasant,diamond doves and cockatiels.New breeds added red golden,yellow golden,amherst,silvers.
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Raising ornamental pheasants in temminick,saytr,cheers,edwards,blue eareds,germain peacocks,eliot,swinhoe,mikado,lewis silver,impeyan,brown eared,and grey peacock pheasant,diamond doves and cockatiels.New breeds added red golden,yellow golden,amherst,silvers.
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