this is my first experience owning quail and i have to say its not the best... i tryed to hatch 24 coturnix eggs but onlu y 1 survived so i bought 5 2 week olds to go with the chick. As they grew older, and escapee turkey poult killed one and injured my chick. Then when they were 8 weeks old i moved them all into an outdoor run on the ground with lots of tall grass and weeds, pen is about 7 foot by 5 foot and a hut 2 foot by 2. 3 then escaped since the pen wasnt secure enough so i redid the whole en and there is now pretty much no way they can get out. So i was left with the chick i had hatched, an italian male and a brown female now adults. I then bought anther 7 coturnix chicks and put them in a pen inside the adults pen when they were 8 weeks. 2 weeks later i let them into the pen with the adults not realising they would fight for territory. The adults quickly killed all but 2 of the 8 week olds which i manged to save and out them in another pen, then realised that the 2 survivors were both males.... I now have the 2 males living happily(so far) with each other and the italian male and brown female in the big pen. Just today i found both the italian and female injured, at first i thought of our cat, but she has never hurt them before and where their cuts are, are quite hard to get too. So im suspected they are fighting between each other!! Why would they do this? ive left the female in the pen with a smaller hut and put the male into the big hut and locked him in. Which one is it thats the killer or are they all as bad as each other? i now have 4 quail, all seperated its getting a bit much! The male had all the feathers and skin torn off his back and more skin missing on the undersides of both wings and a gash in his chest. The female i think has a completely broken wing. Its stuck half open, maybe by dried blood im not sure but her wing is really not good... Why are they doing this!!!