Generic quail behaviours

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Quail-Crazy, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Quail-Crazy

    Quail-Crazy Out Of The Brooder

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    Having only had our quail for just under a month we were a bit confused on some of their behaviours.

    We have chinese painted quail, a male and female and were wondering what the following behaviours generally meant:

    * Ruffling the feathers after someone has been in their cage

    * Lifting the head up and opening the mouth with a jerking motion

    * Reversing (walking backwards for no reason)

    * Grooming (female to the male with the male accepting)

    * Doinking (upward flight) in the middle of the night


    Any other behaviours that we may yet encounter but have missed out here would be great if listed and explained, we want to know everything we can about our quail to make them happy.
     
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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  3. Quail-Crazy

    Quail-Crazy Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, thank you! That's cleared up alot. Thank you very much.

    What can we do to calm their fear at night? Is it the dark that scares them? Or could it be my partner's snoring?

    Should i invest in a night light to keep them happy?
     
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    You can cover their cage at night to help with boinking. They should calm down once they get used to you :)
     
  5. Quail-Crazy

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    Another thing i have noticed is that the male and female (solitary pair) tend to sit with their 'bum's at angles to each other, so they form a kind of heart shape. Their bums are pressed together at angles, is it a comfort thing or are they just keeping cosy?
     
  6. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    They are watching out for each other. In the wild they do this as well. They are also being love bugs as well. How precious!
     
  7. Quail-Crazy

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    OH WOW.

    I am finding these little guys more and more interesting and cute each day!! Thank you!!
     

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