Hey guys I have four Coturnix quail in a 6x6 planted aviary. There is one male and three females and one hen went broody a few days ago, it was cute she sat on five eggs and today has 11.... She really can't fit another So everything was fine in the evening, she was sitting at the sun went down, then in the morning, I see her off of her eggs under a bush of grass, just standing there. I thought it was strange, then the male starts chasing her so I assume he wanted to mate but she wanted to brood so I let them work it out - they've always been peaceful. I came back about an hour later to see if she was sitting on the eggs yet and she is still being chased by the male and now I see blood on her side. My friend and I pick her up and examine her and think that she broke a feather while trying to get away from the male who wants to mate but when I check again, she has blood on both sides and it's worse so I realized the peaceful male has gone ROGUE and for some reason, has made the poor broody hen his enemy! Which stumps me because he's always been sweet to them and even cuddles with her on her nest a few times a day... This is my first experience with this, does anybody have any idea what triggered it?? He does have a favorite female, maybe the broody quail was chasing her away from the nest or something? Or maybe she kicked him off the nest and he took personal offense? Or because she won't mate with him? I'd like to know so I can prevent this from ever happening again, they're separated now, I have the top half of a dog crate on the aviary ground over the eggs with food and water and the hen and since the male was still trying to get at her (crazy!!) through the crate, I put him in another cage out of her line of sight so he doesn't stress her out while she heals. She was back on the eggs after half a day of being in the crate hehe! But what triggered this??