Maybe a New Start? sorry - a bit of stress ramble here...

Discussion in 'Quail' started by navasima, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After some trials, tribulations and other events: I have now 4 Coturnix quail.


    Info: 1 DR male, 1 DR F - I mean DARK, a cool chocolate/deep red color, 1 A&M F - she gives eggs 1/2 again the size of most and last, my favorite - 1 golden F. They've been living together for about 6 weeks, no troubles. All are between 12 and 15 weeks. Bedding is pine w/some timothy hay thrown in to play with. about 6 sq. ft. I brought them in about 2 weeks ago. A few days ago, my roo started mating the DR hen. This is the only mating I saw myself. Last night I went to turn the light off and discovered my golden f with one side of her face - well, just about mascerated. The injuries were under her jaw and near her eye, though the eye itself doesn't look injured. I cleaned with a wet papertowel, just enough to get a look and applied some neosporin. Watched for a bit after lights out - no trouble. This AM, she has an additional bloody patch at the base of her skull on the same side. Then I saw the roo going after her. She's isolated now and he's not acting agitated or fussing with the other girls a bit.

    the goal: I wish to have some pretty birds to look at and be amused by while they give me eggs. Those which don't tickle my fancy will be processed for cooking. It seemed that the colors I chose would have given me interesting offspring, that's why I kept those. My maximum "permanent " flock size would be ideal at 8-12 in a single colony flock based on space, egg requirements and just personal preference.

    the question: Should I just start over? ...get a couple more adult females in with the current trio and cull the golden? Cull the roo? Add another F to the trio & 2 F/1 M to the golden and have 2 quads going for a bit?

    Whether or not the current hatch goes well, I'll be getting a couple dozen eggs and an incubator to put them in during the next week or so. I feel like stuffing the freezer and just starting over with chicks.....!!

    What would you do?

    ( I know, at some point I need a deep breath and some patience.... [​IMG] )

    Thanks for reading and any advice y'all may give.
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Aggressive males are always a concern - I don't mean good breeding males, I mean rough behavior that leads to injuries. There are plenty of good boys out there, and the bad ones taste great.
     
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    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh! And merry christmas, don't let your heart be heavy today [​IMG]
     
  4. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You're right!! He did!! [​IMG] Thanks for reading - I appreciate it!
     
  5. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    I wouldn't start over. I just exhibited one hen yesterday described the way you did. That pen went into rest mode. Blanket at night, less lights. No mating, well just winter mode mating. The hen is still with the other quad just more tended to (eye swollen shut). Sometimes when you are pushing breeding, more anxiety and aggressiveness occurs among the birds. They do need rest. If you do see who is doing the picking, do remove that bird. In my case, they all calmed down when I did operation winter mode.
     
  6. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh ya - I caught the roo. He has been removed and the girls will have quiet time for the remainder of Winter. I'm guessing that in the next hatch (or two or three...) that I may find a roo to replace him. [​IMG] I'm far more concerned with the health and quality of the covey than a push for production or breeding.

    Dim lighting in place, all is quiet now......

    Thanks!
     
  7. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a male that was getting rough with the 2 females he was in so I took him out and put a different male in with the females along with a spare female so he has 3 females and HE is even getting too rough, I am trying to wait till my quail that I hatched get to maturity before I cull anyone out but I am thinking of making quail soup soon lol
     
  8. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heh! High protein breakfast for me this AM! Gonna be a good day!! [​IMG]
     
  9. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lmao, it will be ok
     

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