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Quail chasing/playing with each other????

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Yourguykai, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. Yourguykai

    Yourguykai Hatching

    Jul 4, 2016
    Hi there! I'm new to the quail community and I have absolutely no idea what this behavior is! I have two Japanese quails that I have no clue what sex they are. But one seems to be pouncing, flapping its wings, running around the cage and what it seems to be like encouraging the other to play. The other one sometimes also does this back to the other, but not as often. Not only that, but sometimes it seems like the quail that "wants to play" is also defensive about it's food. It will sometimes push the other one away so it can eat. The quail that has been pushed away is shy and sort of afraid to eat by the other, so it goes pecking at the ground. But it doesn't happen all the time, they usually eat together just fine. One of the quails (let's call it the problematic one) is also a lot more expressive than the other, is this so called problematic one fighting for its dominance? At the end of the day, they both sleep and cuddle next to each other perfectly fine. Do I need to separate them? They usually do not like to be separated and if anything it will cause them to be stressed.
    In addition to the problematic quail that has been pushing, playing and "fighting for dominance", it has also been seen running backwards really fast. I worry because I heard it could have knocked it's head on something and could die, but it's been weeks and it still hasn't died yet. It's in perfectly healthy shape. Is there anything I could do to help this poor fellow? He's really an oddball compared to my other quail.
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  2. JaeG

    JaeG Free Ranging Premium Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    If you post some photos of them we may be able to sex them for you depending on their colours. The sounds they make are a good indication of whether they are males or females. There are lots of YouTube videos of male quails 'crowing' so compare that to the sounds you've been hearing from your birds. Females never crow but a dominant female will tidbit to other girls in the absence of a male.

    Quail will start to jump and fly just for the fun of it if they have enough head room and they all tend to join in. It's very cute. What sounds are they making while 'playing'? Are there any angry grunting/squeaking sounds? As long as you think the less dominant one is getting enough food and there isn't any out and out aggression that results in bloodshed I don't think there's anything to worry about. Sometimes individual birds are just more aggressive/wild even if they've been raised exactly the same way. They definitely have personalities just like people.

    Quail also throw themselves into reverse when they are about to poop so it could be that causing your quail to go backwards.
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