Hello to all,
I just signed up here. A little about me and my wife/ best friend and partner.
We live in Missouri and have recently started raising birds for the second time, long story about the first time. Years ago we raised guinea,turkey and chickens. We now have a smaller place (3 acres) which is easier to manage, no more rental property for us EVER!
We have peafoul, turkey (white & slate) chickens many breeds and quail. The quail are new to us and they present some unique issues. I have several problems with these cute little rascals. The male when I place a female in with them tear her to peices. I mean they pull the feathers out of her head and leave her bleeding. I had a white female I thought was dead, she may yet die. I took the male out and put him by himself. About a week ago, I placed a female in a gage with a male, she died. I was thinking of a heart attack, I'm serious. We started this quail deal knowing they are tough to raise, or so we've been told. But I didn't think we would have these kinds of problems. We bought 30 eggs, placed them in the incubator. 15 of the little guys hatched, cute as I don't know what. Of the 15 we have 9 left. They are eight-ten weeks old, no eggs from any of them yet. Of the 9 remaining 4 are female. I know I will have to buy several more females soon..
Issue number 2: how does a person stop them from wasting the feed. I put some in every morning, they jump in the dish and act like they are taking a dirt bath. The feed ends up on the floor as it falls through the wire floor. If I place in a dish outside their cage the chickens come in and get it, any suggestions?
This looks like a great site to share information and ideas.
Thanks for you time
Hap & Donna Smith south east Missouri
U.S.Marine Corps (retired)