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I lost two...... :(

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Petej, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went out this morning and found two of my Coturnix adults dead in the cage. [​IMG]

    They my oldest two, so I think it might have been old age that got'em. They were HUGE too.

    What's the average lifespan of a Coturnix anyway?

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  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Not exactly sure but I have read anywhere from 4-8 years. That seems like a big range, so hopefully one of the experts will pop in.
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    In perfect conditions they should live about 3-5 years. I've been losing about one a week here lately, but all of them have been at least 2 years old [​IMG] And also mostly hens. The cocks live longer since they don't 'wear out' from egg-laying.
     
  4. jensen

    jensen Out Of The Brooder

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    The fact that they apparently died at the same time seems to indicate old age is not responsible. Was there any sign of trauma -- head injuries, or the like? What is the height of the cage and what material is used overhead. If not injury, I wonder if disease or health issue is involved?
     
  5. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The oldest were a couple years old, so that makes sense. Unfortunately one was the Roo!!

    I have another younger roo (who just started crowing and is going to a new home), but I don't need or want any more eggs.... The ladies will have to be lonely for awhile! [​IMG]
     
  6. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The oldest were a couple years old, so that makes sense. Unfortunately one was the Roo!!

    I have another younger roo (who just started crowing and is going to a new home), but I don't need or want any more eggs.... The ladies will have to be lonely for awhile! [​IMG]
     
  7. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoops, dbl post....
     
  8. jensen

    jensen Out Of The Brooder

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    If the two died at the same time, the cause would not seem to be "old age." Was there any sign of trauma -- head injuries or the like? What is the height of the cage and what material is used overhead. If not injury, I wonder if disease or health issue is involved?
     
  9. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All seemed healthy, though we did get below freezing last night (been in the 40's at night recently).....

    AHA! I think that was it. Why didn't I think of that before? and why didn't more die?

    Hmm.....time for some warmth outside....

    I have some (OK, lots) of hay the nest box now, so hopefully all will be well....

    The other 4 are cruising happily around the cage and chirping contentedly...
     

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