Attack of the Button Quail!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Rozzie, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    So it isn't as bad as that might sound initially. It was attacking ME.

    I noticed yesterday that a male button quail was VERY unhappy that I took his mate's egg. Today he was more than unhappy. He was downright ANGRY about it.

    In fact, he decided to attack the egg predator! He literally THREW himself at my hand when I reached in the cage past the water dish to get the egg. He was all puffed up to make himself look bigger. When that didn't work, he stepped back & tried a second time as I drew my hand back through the door!

    In fact, for the next hour, anytime he saw me look like I was coming near them he went from normal to puffed up Tough Guy.

    His mate nearly died a few weeks ago before I moved the birds out of the garage into their special Bird Room. She escaped when I opened the door of the cage & in the process of fleeing she flew into a wall & ended up with what was probably a pretty bad concussion. (She was unable to stand up or walk & would end up rolling onto her back until you helped her back upright). After 4 days of keeping their cage dark, and keeping water and feed right in front of her, she began to get more active again. She only started laying eggs again 2 or 3 weeks ago. I guess he's decided it's time they raise some children now that their love nest is back to normal. (They have a pen that's about 30" by 18" so plenty of room for a brood, but I'm not letting them!

    Now, if it had been the cage below them, I'd have been less surprised. That's the one where the girl went broody -- didn't know she was hiding eggs up under the bedding. She still isn't back to laying yet. Those two are really flighty all the time. Wouldn't have surprised me as much if it had been THEM threatening to peck my eyes out!
     
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Haha! Proof that they are monagamous! I get that sometimes, especially if I "let" my hens brood. That is a disaster for my hand [​IMG] The boys also fend for other predators such as rat snakes, but that is a sad story [​IMG]
     
  3. Sushi

    Sushi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel guilty everytime I rob my birds' nests. They have such a sad, helpless look in their eyes when I do it.
     
  4. xxSonja

    xxSonja Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol thats kinda cute!
    Ive never been attacked by my buttons...yet.
    Does he have a name? If not you should name him something tough... Maybe chuck norris! LOL
     
  5. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:if they want to raise their own so badly why don't you let them? i don't have Buttons but i think i'd be HAPPY to let them do what they should do naturally....[​IMG]
     
  6. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    He got a nice name. He is now officially "Guardian."
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2010

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