Important-- Solo Bobwhite hen join existing Cot Covey???

Discussion in 'Quail' started by OneLostHen, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. OneLostHen

    OneLostHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Circumstance has led me to owning a single full grown Bob hen. I have an existing covey of 18 Cots in a 6X6 pen.
    Can they mingle?? Will they fight?
    The cage is quite large and has hidey places. But if its not meant to be, so be it.
    I can rehome her if she will get lonely living solo.
    I didn't like her old living situation so I got her. Haven't thought much further than that. Lol
    My new "Pidgey" [​IMG]
     
  2. Champion

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    I have read on here that a cot and a bob white should not be kept together because of very aggressive mating.
     
  3. OneLostHen

    OneLostHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even if it's a hen? I worry of bullying. She's twice the size of my cots...
     
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    From everything thing I've read I believe the bobwhite will be mean to the cots.
     
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  6. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The cots are established already and are going to see her as a threat to their territory, on top of the fact that she looks different. You're going to have some bloody quail if you try it. When they are raised together you might get away with it (although I dont recommend it). These two species can hybridize and the mating process between them usually is quite brutal. They are both called quail and are genetically similar enough in some ways to hybridize, but that's about where the similarities end. These birds are from opposite sides of the world and both species are quite aggressive when unhappy. It's just not a great idea. A better Idea would be to look around for a bobwhite roo and set yourself up a bobwhite pair (they breed in pairs or trios only). Bobs live longer than coturnix so you're under no rush to find her a roo. Bobs aren't like button quail she won't die or suffer from extended loneliness although she may not be happy about it.
     

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