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quail getting hurt?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by anjbagley, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. anjbagley

    anjbagley Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Star Valley Wyoming
    I am fairly new to raising courtnix quail and not having much luck. I am down to my last two, one male and one female. The guy I got them from said they pair up so two should be okay. The female one looks terrible. The male is ripping the female up, so it looks. She had no feathers left on her neck or half way down her back. Today her neck was even bleeding. Why would he be doing this and what should I do? Thanks for any help.
  2. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    You were lied to... coturnix need to be at least 3 to 6 hens per Roo. I have had 9 hens per roo and still had bald hens... Go to your local farm supply store and ask for "Blue Kote" paint a bit of this on the bald or bloody parts and then check your local craigs list and find more hens.... Bill
  3. anjbagley

    anjbagley Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Star Valley Wyoming
    Thank you so much!
  4. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2010
    Sandy Eggo, CA
    1. Because Coturnix are aggressive.

    2. Because the should be kept in trios or quads, never in pairs.
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I wouldn't even keep them in trios. I sell breeders quads, it's best to have at least 3 females per male.

    @ Fat Daddy: If you had 9 females with 1 male and still had bald heads I'd think you have aggressive females. It's not always the males that pick their feathers.
  6. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:.... AT LEAST in quads but BETTER is 1 roo to every 5-6 hens so the roo doesn't wear out the hens.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2011
  7. anjbagley

    anjbagley Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Star Valley Wyoming
    So until I can find some more, which may take a while to find, would I be better off to remove the female or would having them each alone be a bad idea?
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    years ago i raised them alway pen in trios.......one thing use bits...no trouble with pecking then.
  9. BobwhiteQuailLover

    BobwhiteQuailLover Country Girl[IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.

    Sep 25, 2010
    Quote:I would separate them. [​IMG]
    Please do
  10. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:WHY use "bits" for Coturnix? Seperate until you get the needed # of hens. They should be fairly easy to find this time of year on Craigslist and at auctions.

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