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wellington womble

Introducing more quail

I have a trio of young quail, and I would like to add more. The chap who we bought some chickens off recently reckoned you can't introduce more quail without a massacre. Is this actually the case? I'll run out of houses (also, I think I need more female. They seem happy enough, but the male is vociferous in his appetites!)
Chez

Yeah, he's right. They're nasty little things.You could try putting them in adjacent cages for a few days and see if that works. But after the Eye Removal Incident of 2013 I've been very cautious. I'm sorry he's so rampant Sad
Tavascarow

Introduce them in a cage or pen to keep them from injuring each other & once accepted release them at dusk.
I used to rear new birds every year & just let them loose at dusk but my flock was much larger (40-50) & the house large with plenty of vegetation (conifer) for cover to hide.
wellington womble

Chicken Man said that they peck each other's eyes out, too.

I'm sorry he's so rampant Sad


I hold you personally responsible, naturally! I'm not sure if he's actually all that rampant, or if he just has a preference for one lady. Or if it's just that she puts up so much fight. The other one submits and is on her way, but the paler one tows him round the run! Her neck feathers are growing back, though so it's not so bad. I just like the cute eggs. They have some vegetation, but they trampled it. I do have some drainpipe corners kicking around that would be good though. Don't think I have any conifer.

I suppose I'll just have to hatch some eggs, but I don't have any spare housing at the moment as back up. Jenna adores their little eggs, and saves them up all week to have for breakfast on Saturday.
Chez

I think Tav's suggestion would work if you had patience. I may have some spare in three or four weeks, once I've worked out which I'm putting on the BBQ.
wellington womble

I'll see if I can hunt out a small cage. I wonder if a cat carrier or similar would do?

Sadly, Madame Reynard has partially solved my housing crisis.
Tavascarow

A cat carrier will be fine as long as they have access to water & food, & are shaded they should be fine for a few days.
One cock bird to five or six hens is about the right mix.
One to two will always result in the over amorous male paying to much attention.
Cutting down the day length will help but that also has an effect on egg laying.
wellington womble

I think Tav's suggestion would work if you had patience. I may have some spare in three or four weeks, once I've worked out which I'm putting on the BBQ.


In that case, I will sort out something. If it's small enough, the new ones can just sit in the run until they all calm down, there's enough space. Otherwise, I might barbecue these three and get half a dozen in one go.
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