- Dec 25, 2015
Two years ago I was breeding Coturnix quail for eggs and it all went well as long as I only kept one male per pen with about 5-6 hens. However I have read many times that if they are given a large enough pen that multiple males can be kept together. This never seemed to work out for me. I had 3 males and two of them injured one so badly that he died the following day. Then the two were fine for awhile but then the hens stared to beat up on one of the other hens and took out one of her eyes. She ended up dying as well. I have the opportunity to get some hatching eggs in a couple of weeks and decided to try my hand with them again. I don't like keeping them in small cages with wire floors and am in the process of building an even larger outdoor enclosure than the last one. This one will be about 8'x15' with various hiding places and plant coverage. Am I fooling myself into thinking that I will be able to keep 3 males each with 4-5 hens in an enclosure of this size. Has anyone had any luck keeping them in a colony situation. Thanks.