dead quail - please advise

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by prymly, May 20, 2017.

  1. prymly

    prymly Just Hatched

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    Hi I am new here so please be kind if this has been asked before ....
    I have (had) three quail - all happy and each laying every day however for the past three days I have gone out in the morning and found one dead quail. On the first day I thought the other two must have killed the first but that is now not an option as the the last quail died last night in the same way - blood around neck. Also this time feathers around. The cage is off the ground - wooden sided and wire front - any ideas???
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Is there anyway a rat could've gotten in the cage?
     
  3. prymly

    prymly Just Hatched

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    ...only if it squeezed through the bars at the front - would a rat have killed just one a day? The birds were intact apart from the neck wound - as my quail always lay quite late there was also an egg there - would the rat have taken eggs?...
     
  4. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I think that a rat would take the eggs. How big are the openings in the wire?
     
  5. prymly

    prymly Just Hatched

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    2.5 cm gap between bars....I will set a rat trap tonight but am not sure what to bait it with - maybe egg in saucer??? what do you think?
     
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    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Rats and mice usually go in coops to eat the feed. I would try peanut butter with some feed stuck in it.
    2.5 cm is like 1" ? that's easily big enough for a mouse.
     
  7. chickengr

    chickengr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    unfortunately rats can squeeze through the bars and they can take eggs if there is nothing else. they stole eggs under my broody.

    could it be weasel? they suck blood.
     
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  8. prymly

    prymly Just Hatched

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    yes, 1" - I will try the peanut butter with feed - trouble is there is never one rat is there?.....I am reluctant to use poison as my 3 year old grandson lives with me but am wondering how to manage this long term as I really would like to get more quail if I can
     
  9. prymly

    prymly Just Hatched

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    I don't think it could be a weasel as I live City centre - however I suppose all things are possible??? I am beginning to accept that it must have been a rat - maybe there were more eggs that I just missed..
     
  10. prymly

    prymly Just Hatched

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    I will set a trap tonight and post back if I catch something......
     
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