Quail pecking each other to death

Discussion in 'Quail' started by CBinSantaCruz, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. CBinSantaCruz

    CBinSantaCruz Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry. I don't have a lot more time to read through the threads and I am sure this has been answered before.

    I admit I'm pretty new to this and did this on a whim without doing much research.

    I have 13 Japanese quail in a 2x8 enclosure 12 inches high. I hatched 15 chicks from 23 eggs in a shoebox with a light. They are 3 months old and laying 5-6 eggs a day. They eat purina 30% game bird feed and occasionally melon rinds and left over greens.
    I don't know for sure how many are males but at least 4 or 5 and likely 7 or 8. I hatched 15 so 7 or 8 would be the normal m/f ratio.

    My quail are pecking each other to death. I've lost two quail in a week. I read in the forum that it is the males that are the problem. I don't have a problem culling them and am able to tell the males by their song when they happen to sing it. However I would like hatch another batch of eggs before I cull them.

    How would you handle them if you were me. Would you separate them now? Leave a few males behind?

    I think my plan is to gather eggs for a few days and incubate those, then cull all the birds that sing that choodle sound this Sunday.

    It seems to me the males are basically doing rooster behavior and I need to get them separated asap. The way I handle my roosters is pick the biggest one and eat the rest. Same deal with quail? Thanks for reading all this.
     
  2. azer

    azer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would keep 1male to 3 hens if you want to have fertile eggs 1 male won't be able to mate with all your hens so you will get infertile eggs.. I keep one male to 3 hens and my eggs are 100% fertile.. what colors do u have???
     
  3. CBinSantaCruz

    CBinSantaCruz Out Of The Brooder

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    They are all mixed. I have a few of the standard brown ones, some that look like A&M crossed with brown, a tuxedo one, a smaller all white one, a few buff colored ones. I will post some pics tomorrow or Saturday if I can.
     
  4. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would definitely separate them now before anymore get hurt.

    How many females do you have?
    Ratios should be 1:4 male to female, mainly to satisfy the male and prevent any head scalping for the females.

    Choosing the male depends on what you want/your preferences in future generations. Don't choose one that's aggressive towards the females, I've heard of a male having a screw loose in their head and killing off the females for no reason.
     

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