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Bobwhite feathers look ruffled, normal?

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Hello, total newbie here been lurking for a while. Got my first quail on April 29th one male and three females about a year old and laying. Two if the females feathers look all mess up. Is this normal?
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Oh, bobwhites are so cute! Normally I'd say over breeding, but with bobwhites it's usually recommended to have just 1 or 2 females with a male, so I don't think over breeding is very likely when you have 3. Perhaps it's just a weird molt or something, but I'd spend some time watching them from a distance and see if any kind of aggression is going on. Perhaps the last female wants the male for herself.

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