valley quail in a colony?

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  1. dainironfoot

    dainironfoot Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys, I have been wanting to make a valley quail aviary for a while now and was wondering if its possible to have them in a colony. The aviary size would be 5x10. I would like to keep two males and four females in there, does that sound doable? I have been told that the males would fight during breeding season. Would they still do that even if the pen was that big and well stocked with logs, rocks, plants,etc? And should it be off the ground(wirebottom)? Thanx,

    -Tony
     
  2. TwoCrows

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

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    You could probably keep 2 males with 2 females in this space. This type of bird is paired off, 1 male to 1 female. You can not keep more than 1 female with a pair as the lone female can be killed.

    But make sure you add lots of brush piles, hidey place or fake greenery so that the pairs can hide and get away from each other. There will still be arguments in this small space during breeding season, but as long as they can get away from each other, there shouldn't be any blood shed.

    As for the extra females, you can keep them together in another space. At least 4 square foot per bird in small pens.
     

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