Coturnix Quail Advice?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by QuailMum, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. QuailMum

    QuailMum Just Hatched

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    Hi all!
    First of all, I wanted to say hello, as I'm a newbie to this site. I joined a while back but soon after, we had my quail euthanized due to a tumor. She lived a happy 2 and a half years which is quite a stretch for a little bird that was raised in school to be falcon food...
    Anyhow, I have just recently taken home 2 female coturnix quails, both only two weeks old. With my last quail, I had also brought home two females which I kept in a large rabbit cage in our crawl space which had a comfortable temperature and light always for them. Sadly and seemingly out of nowhere, I returned one day to find my smaller of the two quail with a bloodied left half of her head. I seperated them quickly and did what I could to prevent invention, but I think there was more internal damage than I could account for. She soon passed away, but in plenty of comfort.
    Now that I again have two females, I moved them out of the crawl space and into my room near a window, so they can hear and feel fresh air and daylight at all times, thinking that might prevent any anxiety or stress. I was wondering if any of you had advice on how to keep these two from getting into trouble? They currently seem to be getting along fine, but I want to be absolutely sure I do all I can to prevent any squabbles. I'm very appreciative of any advice you have, thank you!!
     
  2. clawstar

    clawstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    find something to entertain them, you didn't mention what type of bedding you use but something that allows them to peck and scratch around is always nice. If you place a small cardboard box, with one or two quail-sized holes in them the quail will enjoy hiding inside of it. Its always important to have something like the box which allows a quail to escape another if she is being picked on.
     
  3. geniash

    geniash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best entertainment for them is a box with dirt to dust bathe in. They forget about everything else.
     
  4. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quail are territorial so the first two might have fought because of that, even if they were previously housed together. Or the one had a little wound and the other just kept picking at it.

    You can grow some seeds in a pot of dirt and let them have it. Put in branches, real or fake just not from toxic trees, for them to move under. Pine branches are a good choice. I agree a dust bath is a great idea.
     

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