Female coturnix call at midnight?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by laputa, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. laputa

    laputa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two female coturnix recently started to make very loud call at night. I have all quails in the yard, straight females. The light went off around 9pm, and they would start their call around 10pm, and do it about once every 10 minutes all the way until dawn. It starts to get really annoying. Does anybody have similar experience? Why would they do it when they are supposed to be sleeping in the dark? well technically not completely dark since some city light or moon light find ways into my yard, but they don't really do this between dawn and evening. Could it be too cold? Mating call in winter??? And is there anything I can do about it?
     
  2. canter6

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    Well, you can pan fry them, but that call is normal.
    Any hour of the night or morning. It's not only loud, but they can trick you into thinking that they are 100 yards away in a totally different direction.
     
  3. JJMR794

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    Female? Loud Call?


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  4. laputa

    laputa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I had male and heard male's crow before. The call is different from the male crow. It is the normal female call, magnified in volume by 10 times. [​IMG] Besides they all lay eggs.
    Update: I took one of the two inside, and put her in the garage. She doesn't call anymore for the past two days. The garage is pitch black at night. So either it is because environment now changed, or it has something to do with the night light keep them awake when outside.
     
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  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll Be.... Never Encountered That From A Hen Before.... If They're All Laying Perhaps She's Calling For That Ever Elusive Roo So That Her Eggs Will Be Fertile?
     
  6. canter6

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    It's the standard, very rapid 5+ chirp-chirp "I'm ready for some romance" hen call only much louder. Many people liken the call to crickets, and it's usually about that volume, but sometimes, it's much louder. I'm not sure why.
    I have heard it at various times of day or night, but it mostly happens after 10PM until sunrise. It may be like a startled roo crowing in the middle of the night.
    I don't know if it's a variety trait or not, but I only hear it from my reg. brown hens. I haven't heard it from my a&m's yet, but I can't say for sure they don't do it too.

    laputa, you are not hearing things, or maybe we are both hearing things. [​IMG]
    Under 14hours of light a day will defiantly stop the calling, but will also stop the hens from laying. It will also take longer than a few days for that to happen.
     
  7. JJMR794

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    In The Words Of The Great Ron White.... "buy Her Diamonds, That'll Shut Her Up!"


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