Is the common quail an aggressive bird ?.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by electrikass, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. electrikass

    electrikass New Egg

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    I sought for an answer to an episode in my new hobby, and refferred by members there to this page.
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    I came back home, only to find my common quails five out of fourty five of them scattared in blood. Two female three males. The most serious one is that of one female whose neck skin got completely torn out. I dont think ordinary knife could inflict such an injury. The neck and the chest of the four other ones battered.
    The battle took place about thirty six hours ago. I have three cages and each cage has seven males eight females. Currently the injured female who is unable to move smoothly, laid an egg yesterday and about an hour ago too.
    Pls how can i save future reccurence. And can i discard the seriously injured ones. I hate to see the injury. Pls why did they fight to such intensity involving women among them ? Could the eggs they lay in these disabled state be fertile ? How long could the fertility last since in this condition mating is impossible ?
     
  2. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    you probably have way to many males for how many females you got. things tend to get rough that way.

    you say common quail(so i'm gonna guess you mean Coturnix) the exact breed would help.

    you need to sex them(figure out m/f) there is a wonderful thread already setup for you to learn everything you need to know about coturnix quails

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=102281

    check it out, you should have a 2,3f/1m ratio(i got 1m/4f, makes life alot easier) of course there might always be a badass out there thats just troublesum, you'll have to pull him out and keep him separate, or just send him to camp kenmore

    hope this helps, check out the link definitly
     
  3. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    sorry i didn't see that you have 3 cages with 7m/8f....take 5 males out of each cage...that should solve your problems

    you can put them all together, as long as a female isn't present they shouldn't mess with eachother
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Yes, some quail are aggressive during breeding season. They want their own territory. So depending on what type of quail you have, you need to properly separate them in the right "hen to roo" ratio. Do some research on your brand of quail and keep them in that order.

    As far as the wounded ones, you need to completely separate them now and put some Blu-coat or Liquid Wound Care on the sores so they heal up properly and the others won't bother the injuries. Let them regain composure before putting them back in with the group.

    If any of them are so mortally injured, then do the right thing and put them out of their misery.
     
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  5. chrishel

    chrishel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can identify the offender and separate that bird, that will help also.

    I can sympathize. I've left for work with happy birds and come home to a mortally wounded bird also. I came home and one female was scalped (could see her skull) and was missing one eye. It was horrific and we put her down. Unfortunately, it was my daughter's favorite and she came running in to visit her before I could do anything. To say the least, it was a little traumatic for a 6 year old.

    My ratio was one male and 3 females and all four were brood mates. Unfortunately, my male is psycho. I can't really fault him for his genetics and hormones, but I did do what I could to prevent him from hurting anyone else.
     
  6. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    What Are You Referring To As A Common Quail?
     
  7. electrikass

    electrikass New Egg

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    I greet the members of the blog and not having logged for long has made me lost that much. I just saw an email from the site, i really missed a lot. But i was really helped by the answers, received in those times.
     
  8. veggiecanner

    veggiecanner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They have one detemined mating drive. I have 5 males, that already got evicted from the cage their hatch group was in. now they are getting aggressive with each other again. I think it's time for freezer camp. I was trying to raise them to 8 weeks, but their not going make it.
     

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