Question about Bobwhite Quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by the Old Rebel, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. the Old Rebel

    the Old Rebel Rest in Peace -2011

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    Ok, this is my first visit to the Quail section, so this subject has probably been discussed many times before. I apologize for asking again, but I need to know. Is it normal for the male quail to brutalize the female?

    I put my female in with the male and left her for several days (back in the Spring). I noticed her hiding in the corner. He had really been rough with her. Is this normal?? Of course, I took her out immediately and did not put them back together. How do you regular breeders suggest getting them together safely??

    Also, when I put my two males together (in the summer), they fought, with the stronger one doing damage to the weaker one. There were no females present. Is this also normal?

    I know that now is the time for them to covey, but I'm afraid to put them back together for fear someone will get hurt or killed.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?? I need all the help I can get!! THANKS!!
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes Your Bobs Are Normal And Healthy---- Unfortunately They Are The Junkyard Dogs Of The Quail World. The Average Bob Is So Mean He Dont Even Like Being In The Cage With Himself At Times....

    They Can Be Mixed, Now Would Be The Time.... Best Way Would Be Everybody Goes Into A New( To All The Birds At Least) Pen At The Same Time. The Other Oprion Would Be Put The New Guys In A Smaller Cage And Place It In The Pen With The Rest And Leave It That Way Until Everybody Acclimates To The Newest Additions--- Couple Days Or So... Then Mix Them Without The Barrier.

    Come Spring Time Your Boy Vs Boy Problems Will Return.
     
  3. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've only had (and still have) my one pair of Bobs and the one egg I decided to incubate from them as a pet. My male bob was rough but I added lots of places for the hen to hide like branches, logs ect and the hen soon learned where to go when Mr. bob was in a "mood". They are now getting along fine and keep calling (of which the offspring I raised as a pet) calls back from inside the house. Mr and Mrs Bob are outside in a large condo with my blind Wyandotte chicken.

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  4. the Old Rebel

    the Old Rebel Rest in Peace -2011

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    Thanks for your help, JJMR794 and Spotsplus!

    Sorry I didn't get back to you before now, but my Mom nearly died on Saturday and has been in the hospital ever since. We just came home yesterday, and this was my first chance to check back on here.

    I think I will try putting them back together for the winter, but just separate them again early in the Spring.

    I'm glad to know their behavior is normal. My first two pairs didn't do like this, so I guess I got spoiled. Now I know to give the female some places to hide.

    So THANKS again!

    Hope y'all have a GREAT EVENING!!
     
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    No Problem... Hope All Goes Well With The Family. Best Wishes.
     

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