If he's beyond dust bathing or preening (as critters tend to lapse on with age), making sure he's always near food and water is about as much as you can do to keep him alive. Keeping the temp regulated (i.e. bring him inside if he lives outside) and making sure the environment is quiet and clean...
He does not look like a well bird. How old is he? At some point you have to recognize that there is no cure for aging. Would it not be more productive to make him as comfortable as possible until he passes (whenever that may be), and try to work through some of your grief in advance?
I had a roo that only went for one hen out of six, almost monogamous. They were fine for about a year until I introduced the new hatch and he turned aggressive.
I'm curious what "more than enough space" means. Are their hiding spots low-ceilinged enough that he can't hassle them there too?
I did an aviary more than a coop, but I hope you can get inspiration from the "furniture."
Grasses are a big hit—they spend every night sleeping wing-to-wing beneath a trio of plants, first place they run at signs of danger (preempts flushing in all but one hen).
Breaking up line of sight seems...
Sure! I find that one half to a full teaspoon of liquid 9.6% CORID per gallon of water does the trick for prevention, administered over three days every other month. I've only dealt with one acute infection but 1-2 teaspoons per gallon per day for a week fixed them right up.
I find that they're most fun if you treat them like chickens minus free ranging and roosting. Awesome birds to watch, great producers, not very hands-on, and juuust smart enough to have personalities. 10/10 would recommend
Everything's going smoothly, just wanted to share a vid from this morning of the birds reacting to treats.
I'm pleased with how my setup has turned out—a better windbreak and intact grasses encourage "snuggling" at night and more movement during the day. The girls even managed to put on...
Seems most cordless security cameras cap out at 1080p. But I'm dumb and didn't realize my phone had a higher resolution mode—makes a HUGE difference. Now thinking of building some kind of tripod to keep it elevated and clean (already q-tipped poop of the phone case once :lol:).
I've taken to leaving my phone in the pen for a few minutes while the hens are active post-feeding, but I'd like to set up a semi-permanent camera to record their antics (and maybe figure out who is fear-flying around sundown). Does anyone have a camera set up in their pens, and if so, what...
It's four times as large as you originally stated—four times bigger than "brutally small" :thumbsup
If you're still having chase/fight issues with your birds in a space this size, try focusing less on places to hide and more on breaking line of sight. Tall stuff, branchy stuff etc.
What a great setup! It's lovely to see critters treated with respect (the bump in meat/egg quality doesn't hurt, either :D). I'm glad you and your family are enjoying quail—and that the quail are enjoying themselves.
Huh. Never seen this before. Would assume it's age-related. Is it unilateral? Is it hard/bony? Fluid-filled? Can it be moved relative to surrounding structures? Looks almost like tori in humans—i.e. an overgrowth of the palate.
Hope someone else knows what this is and can can give you answers!
Yep, and chickens have egg calls too! I have sixteen Coturnix hens, but sometimes only catch a handful of calls a day—but still not sure if they do it every time.
Sorry, by "barren" I mean "bleak." Wire-floor cages are poor environments for ground birds, regardless of the reason for keeping...
The sound is an "egg call." Hens often make it around the time they lay. It is not an indicator of broodiness.
Quail in more natural environments go broody quite readily. On wire they rarely, if ever, go broody.
I believe losing an egg can be distressing to them. I've noticed my broody-prone...
Even with just three hens, 4 square feet is brutally small. You've done a great job with cover and hides, but keep in mind that if you can't provide them enough space to get out of each others' way, it's best not to keep them at all.