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Quails fighting

Discussion in 'Quail' started by winer39426, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. winer39426

    winer39426 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have Corturnix quails. Lately a few have been getting roughed up pretty good. Any advice on how to stop the fighting or at least cut down on the physical damage?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    What is your ratio of males to females? And do they have enough space?

    Picking on each other can be caused if you aren't keeping them 1 male to 4 to 7 females. They will also fight if they are cramped in. 1 square foot per bird is the minimum, but I prefer 2 square feet per bird or more to keep them calmer.

    You can also give them hidy places to get away from each other with cut branches or fake foliage in the pen. Like a jungle atmosphere. They can hide and sneak around more.
     
  3. winer39426

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    Probably cramped then. They have one square foot per bird. My ratio is 1 to 4.
     
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    Thanks for the welcome and advice.
     
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    What about clipping their beaks and nails?
     
  6. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You should never have to trim beaks. Give them more space and you won't have that problem. Trimming is a rabbit hole that never ends. You have to trim over and over, for the rest of the life of the bird. You will end up with more food waste because you have provide a deeper bowl since the bird is less able to pick up food.
     
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  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    DC X2. If you make more room there will be no more fighting. Good luck with your birds!
     
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    Thanks everyone for the great advice.
     

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