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my crazy quails are tame after i gave them a bath? WHAT GIVES???

Discussion in 'Quail' started by KattyKillFish, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Songster

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    I have 4 coturnix. i am pretty new to quails, these are my first ever. I originally wanted only a few, like 2 to 4 maybe. as luck would have it, 13 of them hatched. i knew i had to sell them but had some favorites i wanted to keep, so i marked them with purple on the back of their necks to let people know which i was keeping. that was completely unnecessary because a lady i know well called me up and asked for ALL the ones i didn't want to keep. i ended up with 4 birds with purple on them

    anyhow, i decided it was high time i cleaned out their cage because i went from 12 quails to 4, plus one button and 2 chickens. i cleaned it pretty good. i used piping hot water and got ALL the poop out of their wire cage floor. i cleaned up the poop pan with Clorox and rinsed it thoroughly. after letting it dry i sprinkled some borax on it. i ended up with a nice, clean, good smelling cage for them.

    now, i've washed chickens before, but never quails. they were filthy, poopy and stinky! i wasn't sure how they would like it. they were the most skiddish and scared little things! even my little button quail LOVED to be held, but the coturnix, they HATED it. i did it anyway. filled a clean wash basin up with 1 inch of warm water and a pinch or borax.

    i decided to do two at a time, my lovely sweetheart boyfriend voulenteered to help. he rather likes the quails. i was so surprised! they LOVED the nice warm bath? they were having a good old time! walking around in the water, getting comfy, trying to take naps. they looked like the outside birds when the come to a birdbath! the two that were waiting for the bath saw what was happening and couldn't help them selves. they few right in! i was astonished! even the little button quail joined in!

    they also seemed to like the blow dryer, too. usually when i hold them they would struggle alot but they seemed to enjoy it! when they were all back in the cage they fluffed up and started preening. usually, they peep alot, but they were silent and starting to go to sleep. since then they don't mind being handled and don't run away when i go to grab one. they take a nap in my hand! what gives??? do they like baths THAT much?? they hated people before and now they love us. quail excperts, please tell me...


    *edited for spelling
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009

  2. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Songster

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    anyone? i'm very curious about their sudden change of heart. was it all the warmth from the bath & blow dryer??
  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I've got a question for you Katty. Do you link owning them? I have just hatched out about 15 or so.
  4. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    You went from 12 to 4, cleaned their cage to Martha Stewart's standards and gave them a nice warm bath. They don't itch anymore, they don't have the influence of a large flighty flock and they have bigger digs to run around in. I'd say if I were a quail, I might just chill myself. Even quails know when they're loved.
  5. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Songster

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    do i like them? i LOVE them! my whole family loves them. they make very pretty sounds! they are vert pretty too. i have a button quail in there too, and he's our baby. when i was bathing them he just had to come in and see what the big boys were doing, even though he is a month old and less then half their size. they really are a joy to have. i love birds! i wouldn't trust my words if i were you, because i've hatched out seagulls and raised them.... and LOVED it!

    here they are after the bath (didn't bathe the chickens, they are too young and don't have enough feathers!)


    Edit: thanks chicky! they were just SOO WILD AND CRAZY before. it's a huge difference. the chickens that were in there with them were always pretty chill, but then again, they're chickens. we baby the button quail too, my mom saved his life when he was only a day old and he's been really tame since. plus, we hold him quite alot, and it's common to see him on my shoulder while i'm doing homework.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Thanks! I mean, they really are just to cute! My kids just love them, sometimes I think even more than the chicken chicks! [​IMG]
  7. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Songster

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    my boyfriend really likes them. he wants to start bathing them regularly because they seem to like it a lot.

    is that even a good idea? [​IMG]

  8. sweetie54

    sweetie54 In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2009
    my chicken like baths too!!!!!!!!! lol I think they like the attention?????[​IMG]
  9. quailmaster

    quailmaster In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2009
    what kind of chicks are those?they look preety.
  10. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    Quote:I personally wouldnt give them baths a lot unless it's necc (like in your first case). I've never bathed my quail they chill too easily so it's just better to leave well alone. Most chickens are just bathed for show...I've never had to just bathe a chicken either lol they keep themselves clean all on their own lol.

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