Fighting Coturnix

Discussion in 'Quail' started by bigjohn, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. bigjohn

    bigjohn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2008
    I have been attempting to separate my birds so that the largest birds are together in one pen and the smallest ones are in one pen. I only have two pens at this point in my addiction.

    My question to someone with experience: Is there a magic formula to putting the birds together without them killing each other? Mine are the same age; hatched at the same time. But they can be really cruel to each other. I've attempted to put them together at night so they wake up with each other and are not aware that they have a new 'visitor'. This has not worked. Blood everywhere. And I have mostly hens and they appears to be hateful ones causing all of the problems.

    Should I clip their beaks back so they cannot inflict so much damage?

    Any advice would be appreciated. Maybe the freezer for the mean ones?
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    The easiest way that I have found to 'introduce' new quail is by moving everyone to a different cage. I think because of the new environment, it throws everyone off so they don't notice that there are new birds. Other than that I don't know.
  3. bigjohn

    bigjohn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2008
    Great idea. Maybe I could move them into a temporary pen for a day, then move them all back to their original pen and it would help ???
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    I agree moving them may help a lot however some birds are just plain mean. I've culled many for meanness hens and roos a like. I dontput up with it esp when it's on birds they've hatched with. I've never had any torcherous bloodshed however I did have two that got scalped by one roo (he attacked to smaller roos) i separated them and they healed fine, I culled the mean roo and never had a problem since [​IMG].
  5. macnugget

    macnugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well yesterday I had this one male just tearing up the whole colony was very aggressive and not very big(short man syndrome) well I didn't put up with that very long he was pulling feather out of the males and females. Let just say I pulled the last feather and yum snack time lol
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2009
  6. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I vote freezer! [​IMG]
  7. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    Wasilla, Alaska
    I have a few that are going to "camp kenmore" that are aggressive too I say try to rearange them first then cull if they are agressive still. I have a few males that are just as SWEET as could be... those babies get to hang as long as they are nice... mean birds are outta here!!!

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