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Can you keep female Button Quail together?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ChickieBooBoo, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I'm not interested in breeding them so I wouldn't have any males, can you keep the females in a group of say 5 or 6?
     
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you can keep all females in a cage together. You can also do this with extra males.[​IMG]
     
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I had the luxury of extra females..............................lucky you
     
  4. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    so its just when mixing the sexes you have to keep them in pair, interesting!
     
  5. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, only when breeding do they need to be kept in pairs.
     
  6. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  7. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    You still have to watch for pecking and fighting whether housing in colonies. Whether breeding or not, these birds LOVE to be in pairs. I only in sell in pairs because they are happiest that way. I still get bloodshed with males together in the bachelor pen. I still lose one once in a while because he got beaten up. Hens the same way. I pair them off as quickly as possible.
     
  8. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I dont want to breed them though and I don't have enough pens to keep 5 or 6 pairs, I just want the eggs...
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Yes, it's not 'just' with the opposite sexes that you have problems. You should be able to keep same-sexed birds together in harmony, but always be on the look-out for problems with aggression.

    I've never had a problem with excess females, so I can't say from experience on those. But I've never lost one of my bachelors because of fighting. Right now I have 2 bachelor pens, one has 3 males and the other has 4. They get along great unless I add a new guy, then the new guy gets picked on.
     
  10. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I'll try it out and see how it goes, right now they are still young
     

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