pecking Order or Bullying?

Nov 6, 2018
San Antonio, Texas
So I have 2 Female quails and 1 male, at first they were in a small cage for a short while then I moved them to a Bigger cage. I Started noticing that the male would make like this weird sound like constant chirping or something and the females would go running around like they were trying to escape him or something. If they got to close He would grab them on a feather and pluck it up while the female tries to get away, I separated him from the girls for a short while then I put him back with them and they were fine. He mostly does this when they are taking a dust bath or when one of the girls kick the food in his face, I really don't know what it is. Any Ideas?


May 1, 2018
Boise, ID
My Coop
My Coop
If the grabbing is gong on around the back of the neck, sounds like he's trying to mate them and they're having none of it. Could just be an issue of mismatched maturity. They might not squat for him until Spring (also probably will want a few more hens so the attention is spread out more evenly).

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