Male Button Bullying female ??

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Blob Chicken, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Blob Chicken

    Blob Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2009
    So for the past while my male button quail has been bullying his mate.

    He will grab at her legs and trip her, and I picked her up today and noticed that she has scabbing around her vent, so I can infer that he has been picking at her around there as well.

    Is there anything I can do to stop him hurting her, or is the only solution to removed the male ??

    Also before anyone suggests it, no, I will not put another female in with the pair. Button quail are monogamous and that is how it stays at my house.
  2. MrNappy

    MrNappy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2012
    Ajax, Ontario
    Maybe clip his beak?

    Also, bullying occurs a lot with quail. Red light makes em less aggressive, putting in balls and toys makes em slow down the attacks. Making hiding places is also good.

    Not all button quail are monogamous, my male has 3 females, but yea. That's rare.
  3. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2012
    I would place a wire divider between them for a few days. it sounds like he is trying to get her to mate when she is not ready. How old are these buttons? Is she on a high calcium diet? Enough natural light? Warm enough? oh and do not use red heat lamps for buttons! it is not good for their tiny eyes.
    If after a few days of being separated he keeps picking on her to the extreme that she has blood or scabs I would get a new male to try mating with her or a new female. which ever you can find.

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