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I swear I have the most braindead Button Quail EVER!!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by TinyTotsSeramas, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
    Smithsburg
    Lastnight while TRYING to sleep my female Red Breasted Button decides she is going to bash her brains in even more then what they already are and kept bashing her head on the lid of the tank I have her in... so now the top of her head is all bloodied AGAIN for the 3RD TIME in a MONTH, she has blood on the sides of the tank and she has blood on the top of the lid that opens.. and she's the only one that does it!! the female I had with her, before she was beheaded by a racoon, never did that and now the male never does that!! It doesnt matter what I put her in, she always spazzes out over nothing!! She HAS to be retarded or something!! My husband made the joke that the female that was killed by the raccoon probably seen the raccoon as a blessing and stuck her head out of the wire on purpose just to get away from the other crazy Button Quail!
    [​IMG] [​IMG] stupid Button!! [​IMG]
     
  2. BobwhiteQuailLover

    BobwhiteQuailLover Country Girl[IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.

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    Wisconsin
    Okay?? Well she is getting spooked by something.
     
  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    I think that response is typical for quail. I had corturnix that would do the same thing if they were startled.
     
  4. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They flush when they are scared by something. It's not retarded, it is scared of something.
     
  5. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
    Smithsburg
    She's in the house with no other animals, covered up or not covered up, in the brooder, in a cage, in a tank. I've already thought of all of the possibilities of her being scared and tried multiple things to fix it and nothing I mean NOTHING even comes close to even fixing it!! I even put a nightlight beside them because I know their eyesite sucks at night, but nothing works! she's just a spaz! the female before and the male she's with now never acted that way!! she even does it during the day!
     
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  6. quailmale

    quailmale Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's having dreams of freezer camp........[​IMG]
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The females are more skittish. You need to put her in a cage with a 'soft' top so she can bash all she wants and not hurt herself. The large-bubble bubble wrap works good, or some sheet foam if you have it.

    I had one the other day that freaked out when I put a millet spray in her cage and broke her stupid neck [​IMG]
     
  8. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I would say you need a "boink proof" lid on your cage. You can make one.....I use soft screening by the roll to make that.
     
  9. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
    Smithsburg
    Never thought of a cushion for the lid!! but on my lid it is one of the reptile screen lids with the door in the top, I replaced the hard wire mesh with window screen a while back because my 20lbs cat sat on it while looking at my beared dragon an broke through it, she doesnt hit the wire mesh, she its the door on the top!
     
  10. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i gave my corturnix hides, and had to show a couple then others later how to use them when scared.. sometimes having to bop the ones on the head that flushed, and chase them around ill just plopped down and then scooted them into hides, showing they were safe places of dark peace and quiet, though it backfired and they went broody and i had tiny chicks running all over.. you have to remember they can bury the eggs to hide them behind, in, and under stuff!
     

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