Need advise on badly injured male quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by 99Quail, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. 99Quail

    99Quail New Egg

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    I am kind of new to raising quails, and hatched/raised my first batch of quails. Most of them are Texas A&M, even though there are a few brown ones. They got to the age that I can start telling the males from females, and I separated out 2 brown males about 6 days ago. Today I saw a Texas A&M crowing, so I took him out and put him with the other two. I watched them for a few minutes and saw one of th brown ones picked on the A&M a little but nothing severe. I figure they used to be together fine and thought they will be fine again, so I went out to dinner. I came back seeing a very badly injured A&M, with head soaked in blood and exhausted. And the offender is still trying to do more damage to the A&M. I feel so bad about it, but do not know what to do but to take him out and put him back to the cage with the others. I read somewhere that others might pick on him now due to the injury, but I really do not have a separate place to hold him, and so far others seem to leave him alone. Does someone have some advise on what I should do in such situation? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a newbie myself, but if you have a cardboard box lying around, I'd put him in there for the night, with some bedding (hay or woodshavings would be good) and a supply of food and plenty of water. Even if the others may not bother him, I think he needs some time to rest alone. If the injury is very bad then I suggest taking him to an avian vet, otherwise, I guess you could gently clean away the blood stained feathers, but I'd need back-up from an avian expert on that information though. [Last time my quail was injured on the wing, I grabbed a paper towel, wet it with warm water and gently wiped away the blood - she was a bit hesitant at first but I gave her her favourite treats straight after, which are clover.]

    Give him some TLC, feed him foods he likes. He needs to remain calm. Bring him inside (if he lives outside) and give him a light source (again, I'll need back-up on this info).
    I'm sorry I can't supply a lot of information, but this is what I'd do if my quail were in such situation.

    And a reminder -
    Never put two or more roo's together (gentle reminder ^-^). No matter what; Even if they do seem fine, they will eventually fight each other, probably for dominance or territorial reasons. Someone once told me that they had a female quail (she was like the leader of the group of quails) who hatched and raised a male chick, he eventually started to fighting her as he grew up, for dominance. So... yeah.
     
  3. oktx

    oktx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As sad as it is, if you don't have a way to give him his own little group of females, I'd consider sending him off to freezer camp. Lone males, I've found, just seem sad and lonely.

    I have had roos fight and they pretty much don't stop once it's started.

    I am currently housing only 12 quail (8 females, 4 males) in a large colony coop. It is an A-frame style coop with a covered portion to sleep or hide in. Anyway, my males do not fight and they are all from different hatchings, BUT they have a huge coop and plenty to keep them occupied. We had twice as many females but one escaped and we lost 7 to rats last week. We have completely rebuilt the coop to hopefully keep the rats out.
     

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