1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Socializing new quail.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by frigginchi, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. frigginchi

    frigginchi Chillin' With My Peeps

    181
    4
    83
    Oct 4, 2012
    Saratoga, CA
    So I just introduced 5 new quail chicks to my flock of 30. They are all getting bullied by the older ones. Is this hazing and harassment normal? I have 25 more to introduce.
     
  2. TwoCrows

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

    31,929
    4,443
    581
    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    You need to integrate them slowly. The original flock can kill new comers. Take the new ones and keep them in a separate cage within the flocks cage or keep the new ones on the other side of the pen separated by wire. They can all see each other, but no one can touch. Keep them this way for about 2 weeks. Then release them together. There should be minimal fighting, although you will still need to watch them for a few days. If any bird is still aggressive, separate them out for a week or two, until everybody gets along. If any of them have injuries, use blu-kote or pine tar to heal and hide the wounds so no one picks them.
     
  3. frigginchi

    frigginchi Chillin' With My Peeps

    181
    4
    83
    Oct 4, 2012
    Saratoga, CA
    I figured as much. I put them in a cage inside the cage :)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by