Inexperienced Males

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Emilys3guppies, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My male coturnix just recently discovered the girls. He's 7 weeks old and is completely hormone driven. He runs like a crazy bird after any girl that will let herself get close to him, trying to mount her.

    He's pulled a bunch of feathers off the head of one of my hens. She isn't bloody, but it looks raw.

    Will he get better? Should I expect a few wounds before he gets the hang of what he's doing? Or is this a sign that he's aggressive with the ladies?

    Thanks,
    Emily

    ETA: He's in a pen with 3 ladies.
     
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  2. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    They slow down with age....that sounds familiar. But I'd give the hens a break and let that roo cool his heels a little. [​IMG]
     
  3. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UGggg. He ripped the feathers out of the other side of the one hen's head and drew blood. She'll be OK though.

    The other hen is now missing an eye though.

    I think that Teagan is going to end up an appetizer. Can't have him killing off all my hens...that sort of defeats the purpose.

    I trimmed his beak and one wing's flight feathers. Do you think that will put him in his place?

    ETA: I put the two hens in a sick pen. Just so you don't think they're still in with him.
     
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  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    is he the only boy, I keep at least 2 young ones (boys,only if they grew up together) in a pen it keeps them from terrorizing the hens, till they get older
     
  5. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have another male that he was raised with...I seperated them last week. Could I put them back together? When they are older will it be better?
     
  6. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    you can try just keep an eye on them and add him after dark, I've added male after removing them and had no problems, but you never know
     
  7. kingpincray

    kingpincray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find that some males are worse than others. You might want to source another male if that carries on.
     
  8. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
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    Quote:True in more than just the quail world [​IMG]
     

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