Bobwhite trios?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by drowe005, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. drowe005

    drowe005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For one of the first times ever, I ended up with more female BWs than males this year. I've always done pair breeding, and never tried trio or colony breeding. Has anyone had success colony breeding ( say 5 females 3 males in a cage) or trio breeding with bobwhites? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Generally bobwhites are monogamous and mate for life with one bird. It is rare that one female will share her man with another female. Sometimes the male will except another female and sometimes not. Usually it is the females that attack the other females to keep her mate. You can try a trio, but I highly doubt it will work. I have NEVER had luck with this situation and I try all the time, mixing and matching birds in aviaries.

    Now, if you offer them a LOT of space, you can sometimes keep a single female near a mated pair if the pair is docile enough.

    Edit to add: During the first breeding season of young bob's, sometimes they ARE fairly docile and you can keep non paired birds together. However as these birds age, each year they become more and more aggressive.
     
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