Suicide gene

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Invision, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. Invision

    Invision Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it just me or is there a suicide gene in Cots, I've been watching all my batches each time I hatch and it seems that I have the gene. 1 out of 40 birds always commits suicide after 8 weeks. I've been writing it down each time and for the last 6 hatches they have all had 1 or 2 commit suicide at week 8.... I have my quail in a 9 to 11 inch slope cage to cut back on that but for some reason these birds still insist on jumping and dieing... Just thought I would share, I'm going to continue to keep track of this and maybe after a year or two I can find the suicide gene.
     
  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess is it's actually a survival gene that's slightly misplaced in their current, domestic situation.. I suppose something scares them and causes them to try to get away from the scary thing. Could be the other quail, if it always happens at week 8 - right after they've reached sexual maturity, there could be some territorial/hormonal fighting going on.. Or maybe they are just more likely to try to hide when scared before week 8 and too fat and content to try to fly after that time ;)
     
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  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    How high is the top of your cage?
     
  4. Invision

    Invision Chillin' With My Peeps

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