HELP! Quail has a naked back?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by thinkloically, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. thinkloically

    thinkloically Out Of The Brooder

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    None of my other quail have this- yesterday it was a little bit missing. Today its a lot missing. Is this normal? (It is molting season). [​IMG]
     
  2. Kherome

    Kherome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably being pecked by the other quail.
     
  3. thinkloically

    thinkloically Out Of The Brooder

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    How do I stop this?
     
  4. Kherome

    Kherome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, you can cull the bully, separate them, coat the quail's back in no pick lotion etc.
     
  5. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Either the bird is being over bred or someone is pulling it's feathers. What is the ratio of roosters to hens in that cage?
     
  6. thinkloically

    thinkloically Out Of The Brooder

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    1 male to 10 quail
     
  7. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Then either the rooster or one hen is picking on that bird. Hens are the source of aggression just as often as roosters are.
     
  8. jakesterz

    jakesterz Out Of The Brooder

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    All my hens look like this. Is this not normal for roos to do?
     
  9. Kherome

    Kherome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No it's not "normal" per se. It is normal to have a few feathers get pulled from the back of the head but not to bald the bird. That is a sign of too few females or bullies usually.
     
  10. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's normal if you have too many roosters or not enough hens. If you're playing your cards right all your birds should look healthy.
     

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