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mean button quail...

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Bryam, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. Bryam

    Bryam Songster

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    I currently have 3 female and 3 male 8 week old button quail housed in a 20 gallon aquarium. Last week, I noticed one male had no feathers on his back, but as the days past by, they were starting to grow back. Today I noticed blood marks and the new feathers have all been pulled out again. Do I have too many males? Are they really mean to each other? Pretty savage actually.
     
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  2. MrMe3257

    MrMe3257 In the Brooder

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    The ratio for quail is one male per 3 hens and even at that the female will lose some neck and.head feathers due to mating which is normal.

    Stephen
     
  3. Bryam

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    Okay, so I have too many males still!

    Thanks!!
     
  4. MrMe3257

    MrMe3257 In the Brooder

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    If you have a total of three aquarium you can split them up so 1 male 1 hen per tank, they'll do fine when housed this way but for larger spaces a ratio of 1 cock per 3-5 hens.

    Stephen
     
  5. Bryam

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    Thanks! I decided to sell a pair with the dominant male and see if that alleviates the tension.
     
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  6. MrMe3257

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    If the trouble starts again maybe house the pairs in different cages or split the aquarium in half.
    Could you post a pic of the set up?

    Stephen.
     
  7. Bryam

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  8. Bryam

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    Here are my quails! They are happy now that the mean dominant male is gone!:D
     
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  9. Invision

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    that cage is to small for 2 males. might want to get it down to 1.
     
  10. Bryam

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    Yup, I think I am going to sell another pair and just keep one pair. I can't believe out of 18 chicks, I got 3 hens and 15 roasters! Is that normal? IT wasn't easy finding suitable homes for of those males!;)
     

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