Mixing my flocks

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Kaya1, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. Kaya1

    Kaya1 In the Brooder

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    IMG_20181020_140249_168.jpg I have 16 Coturnix hens I keep in 4 separate cages, and I'm about to put them all together into a big aviary. I'm worried that mixing flocks that have been established for over a year can cause fights, and potentially lead to injuries.
     
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  2. NoFlyBackFarm

    NoFlyBackFarm Crowing

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    Split the aviary into 4 and allow them to get used to each other for about a week or two.
     
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  3. Kaya1

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    That's going to be difficult to do with this cage. If they've already been raised near each other, do you think that will be good enough?
     
  4. NoFlyBackFarm

    NoFlyBackFarm Crowing

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    Maybe, but they need a chance to arrange the new pecking order.
     
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  5. Kaya1

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    Good point. Thanks for the info!
     
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  6. H@tcher

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    I've never had problems with mixing cot's. As long as there's plenty of room.

    Are they all hens?
     
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  7. Kaya1

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    Yes, they are all hens. They're going to have 6 square feet per bird, a 50 gallon rubbermade full of white sand, and a smaller coop filled with straw and leaves for hiding, so their shouldn't be too much competition. I'm thinking if I give them extra feed for a couple weeks, that should decrease competition for food.
     
  8. H@tcher

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    You should be fine. Cot's need 1 sq. ft. per bird. I've never had hens to fight and I add birds frequently.
     
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  9. Erkenstein

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    With that much space and all of them new to the area, things will probably be fine. Looks great!
     
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  10. Kaya1

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    Thanks
     

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