I have a mini-flock of six buttons, five girls and a boy, who are just about six to seven weeks old now. Up until now they've been very clingy with each other, desperately calling and crying if any bird is out of sight of the others. Even when my littlest was being bullied and i took her out of the pen so that she could get a break, the others who had ten minutes earlier been pecking her in the head were flock calling and searching everywhere for her! So now my male has picked a mate from the females, and she's decided that the pen is not big enough for all of them anymore. She has been attacking every other female ruthlessly and goading the male to join her, which he does. I tried putting them into their own separate cage yesterday because they were being so mean to the other four females. So what happened? They cried and paced, trying to get back to the rest of the flock. The four remaining females returned the calls and similarly paced the cage trying to get their missing flockmates back. Nobody ate or slept or relaxed all day. At night i finally returned the couple to the rest of the flock, where they snuggled down for bed in the usual birdy cuddle pile. Then this morning the bullying started again. I put them outside for the day in two separate outdoor pens (the couple in one and the single ladies in the other) and again it was flock calls and pacing, trying to get back together. When they came in for the night to their indoor pen, the bullying started right back up! If i leave the male with the other four girls, he's fine and peaceful. It seems to be the newly mated female who's torn on whether she hates or needs her sister hens. So far there are no injuries but i can tell that at least one of the girls who's been getting the brunt of the bullying is getting worn down. She seems tired, like she hasn't slept. She and the others are all eating and drinking water just fine, it's just that they're clearly not as energetic as they were last week. This is maddening! Any other quail-as-pets folk have this happen? What should i do?