My favorite coturnix roo obviously wasnt taking avoidance as an answer to leave these two hens alone. Starling and Big Bertha who I had in with him for my one color project are scalped and scalped severely. Poor Big Bertha no longer has an eye...but other than that she just looks in severe pain. I cannot get syringes tonight but I will get some for her tomorrow... so I can put her on some antibiotics. Poor baby . I know birds can survive without an eye but this is just disturbing. I havent looked her over yet completely, all I know is for sure hte eye is no longer solid because her eyelid is sunken in some... makes me want to puke. I am debating on taking her out of her hospital pen and cleaning her head off and assesing the injuries but i dont want to cause her more stress. Starlings head....is just a skull. Both of her eyes are still intact but barely... Im biting my lip because i don't know if I should cull her OR if it's possible for skin to regrow over her head. She is truely scalped... I am not going to post pictures.... I havent taken pictures... i dont want to...atleast not yet..im stil in shock. This just goes to show that no matter the number of ratio....if the roo wants to breed and the hens don't you can STILL deal with these sorts of issues. He had 4 hens...I just added Big Bertha to the pen yesterday...I assume this torcher happened sometime this morning when I was in here with new born chicken chicks. I feel so horrible but i knwo there was nothing I could do. When I put her in i sat back and watched and if anything Big Bertha was hte one being aggressive she was running around doing her mean growl at the other hens but they all settled down soon after and I sat out here for an hour watching my cuties... ive come out to scalped quail before, but never to the point i was debating culling them...never to the point that I'd look at a quail and be SURE It was dead.....butyet it's standing and breathing... with only a skull... I just dont know what to do I really adore Starling but i dont hold much hope for her. Do I cull her....or do I try to see if she heals? Big Bertha as long as she doesnt die from shock should be fine....I've been around and seen several one eyed birds, horses and dogs and cats...Big Bertha can get through this...but Starling...wow.... it was so sad...Big Bertha was in one corner protecting her good eye, and Starling was in the other corner trying despirately to keep her head low... Ike was alraedy done torchering themby thte time i got up there... No matter what i dont blame it on the roo... he was ready to breed and they aren't too smart... but stil it really sucks.