So once they get to maturity, they pretty much pick each other to death. I have lost so many birds in the last 2 weeks to this it aint even funny . . . I have seperated them, I have tried to seperate by sex as best I could. I seperated by extent-of-picking, and I seperated by putting pickERS in together . . . Chukars are a pain-in-the-@$$, I am planning on processing them all next Sunday, one . . . more . . . week . . . I wont even get into the amount of food they require . . . I think if they were all debeaked, things would be different, but that is a lot of trouble for a few meals. Coturnix are way easier, and when all is said and done there aint that much difference in size. The chukar are just about at the month mark for eating rabbit pellets, for taste, like my quail. I cant wait till they are gone . . .