Lonely Quail


In the Brooder
May 28, 2015
I have a lone Quail as of this morning, her friend had a broken beak and though she did really well to try and survive it must of got infected and spread to her head. She was in a lot of pain and couldn't walk, drink or eat, she'd messed herself and settled in a corner of her cage to die, so I put her out of her misery quickly this morning. But now I have a lone Quail! I don't know whether I should keep her and let her live out the rest of her time her with me, or let someone else take her in so she can be with other Quail. I know they are social animals, but I don't know what would be best for her, to leave her here somewhere she is familiar (and so far has been happy) with, or let her go to someone else. I don't know anyone else with Quail, though. I wouldn't like to take her back to shop I got her from.

Aww poor guys... Yes they are pretty social, although girls do a lot better alone than males.

It can be difficult to introduce new quail to each other and should be done on neutral territory (mixing up the existing quail cage can work) after a period of "see but not harm" , like a clear/mesh divider separating the two for a few weeks but hopefully they can sort out their differences harmlessly in that time as quail can kill each other or get seriously damaged in a short amount of time.

So, you could get another female and introduce that way or a male and at least two more females and see if they will get along, or find someone by posting online you're looking to rehome your quail hen and check them out to make sure they're not going to freezer camp or a quail dungeon

I introduced an old hen to seven babies that were about a month or so old (probably could have done it weeks sooner) because she would respond to them when they did their "I'm scared where are you?" Chirps and watched them grow up and of course you have to monitor them closely just in case but it went flawlessly so you could try getting chicks/hatching your own and putting them together when they're big enough after introduction/depending on reaction hehe :p

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