male Coturnix living arrangements

Pineapple

Chirping
7 Years
Jan 5, 2013
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I've read here and there that some people have kept male Coturnix together for long periods of time for various reasons.

I have a group of about 20 birds aged 1 week and I want to let them develop before I decide which male(s) to keep. As they get older and the sex becomes clear I plan to separate out the females and have just males for a few weeks. How risky is this? Will they peck each other or otherwise hurt each other if I have, say, 7 or 8 males together temporarily?

Just looking for others' experiences.
 

DK newbie

Songster
5 Years
Apr 20, 2015
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I don't have experiences, but I've been reading this forum for a while and what I read is, if they are raised together and there are no females - some people say they shouldn't even be able to hear the females - then they are unlikely to fight.
 

weirdones

Chirping
8 Years
Oct 9, 2011
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Greenwood Delaware
I usually cull unwanted males between 6-8 weeks. At about 6 weeks is when they start picking on each other. If you do separate them keep then out of sight from the females.
 

Pineapple

Chirping
7 Years
Jan 5, 2013
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Thanks, y'all. I'm planning on keeping at least one cock so he can breed my hens next spring. But I'd like to have 2 in case one dies, is gay, or otherwise doesn't make babies (haha). If I absolutely need to I guess I could keep two males in their own cages alone beside each other. But that seems...superfluous.
 

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