coturnix with pecking problem

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Mykee, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Mykee

    Mykee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 5 coturnix quail; 1 cock and 4 hens. They keep pecking each other, especially around their eyes. There isn't one particular quail doing this, so seperating 1 would be useless. The cock is also mating with 1 of the hens too much, and her head is bald and very sore.
    Do you have any suggestions to keep them from pecking each other, or any good websites or books I could read?
    They are 1 year old, and my first quail, and whenever I look stuff up online, its for meat quail and does not cover things like this.
    Also, how long do they live?
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    A. Are You Absolutely Sure Its 1 And 4? If So How?
    B. How Big A Pen?
    C. Any Sore Areas Can Be Treated With Blue Cote/ Wound Kote But If Not Seperated So The Area Gets A Chance To Heal It Will Not Help
    D. I Have Had Multiple Coturnix Make It To 8 Even 9 Yrs Old
     
  3. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    How large an area are your birds kept in? Sometimes, overcrowding will make pecking worse.
     
  4. Mykee

    Mykee Chillin' With My Peeps

    They live in a rabbit cage with a solid bottom, about 1 1/2' by 3 1/2'. I know there is only one cock because I have gotton four eggs per day, only one "crows", and my breed of coturnix has red on the cock's breast, and only one does.
     
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    What is the protein percentage in their feed?
     

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