Love or Hate? Pet quail attacking...

Discussion in 'Quail' started by iamcuriositycat, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    So... Mr. Tumnus the pet quail met his first love and lost his ... innocence ... this past weekend. Chronicles here in my blog, if you haven't already seen them.

    Today, he is acting very strangely, and I'm wondering what's up. When I go outside, he always runs up to the fence to say hi. But tonight, he ran like a bat out of hell and hurled himself furiously at the fence, over and over. I thought, "Oh no! Freckle (aka Mrs. Robinson) is attacking him and making his life miserable! He wants out!"

    So I opened the gate and he threw himself into my hand and started climbing up my arm, making this very odd repeated sound: "Errr! Errr! Errr! Errr!" over and over, nonstop. Then he began biting me, not breaking the skin, but twisting it. All the while, furiously trying to climb higher up. I took him out and held him for a couple minutes hoping he'd calm down outside the pen, away from his "tormentor." But he just kept making that sound and acting weird.

    So I went back in the pen and set him down. He ran over to Freckle and jumped on her back and mated.

    And that's when it occurred to me that maybe he was competing with me for her attention. Or... maybe now that his sex switch is flipped, it occurs to him that he wants to mate with me, too?

    After that, he came running back to me and began all over to attack. Then he noticed my three-year-old by the fence and ran over to him and started hurling himself at the fence over there.

    A few moments later, he calmed down and went back to acting normal.

    So which is it? Love or hate? Or something else entirely? Thoughts?
  2. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    sounds like mainly love [​IMG]...but he does sound a little crazy...but arn't we all [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Sounds like he is protecting his girl! See, and you were worried he would be a "scaredy quail" all his life! He is in love....[​IMG]
  4. Mek

    Mek Chillin' With My Peeps

    he was raised byhimself right? I think he sees humans as a potential mate/competitor.

    I once had a cockatiel that would get very happy with any attention I gave her... then she would lay an egg... my other bird would get jealous and would fly on my head and pull at my hair.
  5. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Yeah, he was raised by himself and I'm not at all surprised that he sees me as one of his species. I do wonder how I appear to him though--male or female. Whether his attacks are the equivalent of a barroom brawl over a girl or an attempt at romance.

    And obviously, he's crazed in the head. Poor guy. It is kind of funny though, to have this little creature so wildly attempting to... do *something* to me. It's the most interactive I've ever seen a quail get with a human.
  6. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

    Sep 10, 2010
    sounds like his juices are flowing now [​IMG]
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    Well Mr Tamnus Has Got Him A Little And Become Big Man On Campus.... The Attack Is A Dominance Thing... Justs Wants You To Be Sure Who The Roo Is Around There Now That He's Found Out What His Special Purpose Is He's Trying To Make Sure Everyone Else Around Knows Too... He'll Get Over It Once The New Wears Off And And Child Support Payments Kick In [​IMG]
  8. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    [​IMG] Ha ha! You are too much.

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. It's really funny to think of that little old guy trying to tell me what-for with every ounce (all 3 of them) of his being. Interested to see what he does this morning. I tell ya--I'm pretty happy with that big girl we got for him. She's laid an egg a day starting with the very afternoon we ripped her away from her sisters and plunked her down in new territory. Go, Freckle!

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