Mar 24, 2020

Add New Quail to a Flock

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[[Breed Quail|Quails]] are very territorial birds that often do not get along well with newbies. However, with the right practices in mind, new birds can be integrated seamlessly into an existing flock. This article will explain how to expand your flock while minimizing potential animus between the newer and older birds.
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Quails are very territorial birds that often do not get along well with newbies. However, with the right practices in mind, new birds can be integrated seamlessly into an existing flock. This article will explain how to expand your flock while minimizing potential animus between the newer and older birds.
 
[[Category:Quail]]
 
[[Category:Quail]]
 
==Steps==
 
==Steps==
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#*Quails hold a sense of territory, so giving more space to your birds will help them accept new quails. In the event that an established quail attacks a new quail, that quail should have enough space to run away.
 
#*Quails hold a sense of territory, so giving more space to your birds will help them accept new quails. In the event that an established quail attacks a new quail, that quail should have enough space to run away.
 
#Add hiding spots. Along with providing plenty of space, the new quails will need a few spots to hide when they get chased or attack by the original flock (which will normally happen).[[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Add hiding spots. Along with providing plenty of space, the new quails will need a few spots to hide when they get chased or attack by the original flock (which will normally happen).[[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 2.jpg|center]]
#Count the [[Feed the Birds|feeding]], drinking and nesting stations available. Once you exceed a certain number it becomes time to add more items to the pen to meet your quails required needs.[[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 3.jpg|center]]
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#Count the feeding, drinking and nesting stations available. Once you exceed a certain number it becomes time to add more items to the pen to meet your quails required needs.[[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 3.jpg|center]]
 
#*If you are housing over 30 birds then you may need to double the amount of feeders, drinkers and nesting boxes you have so that there no fights break out over who can get to the food bowl first.
 
#*If you are housing over 30 birds then you may need to double the amount of feeders, drinkers and nesting boxes you have so that there no fights break out over who can get to the food bowl first.
 
#*Use large guinea pig igloos/huts for an undercover area. You should add at least two.
 
#*Use large guinea pig igloos/huts for an undercover area. You should add at least two.
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===Choosing Your Quail===
 
===Choosing Your Quail===
#Ask yourself why you want new birds. Is it for eggs, meat, breeding, or a mix of both? Perhaps you simply want more pets? With quail it is important to know what a flock should consist of to avoid complications.[[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 5.jpg|center]]
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#Ask yourself why you want new birds. Is it for eggs, meat, breeding or a mix of both? Perhaps you simply want more pets? With quail it is important to know what a flock should consist of to avoid complications.[[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 5.jpg|center]]
 
#Be aware of the age gap. If there is too much of an age gap between your newer and older quails, they will start fighting each other and never transition. Younger quails against an adult flock will never stand a chance.[[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 6.jpg|center]]
 
#Be aware of the age gap. If there is too much of an age gap between your newer and older quails, they will start fighting each other and never transition. Younger quails against an adult flock will never stand a chance.[[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 6.jpg|center]]
 
#*If you have an adult flock then you must purchase quails that are over 6 months of age, which by then will be matured birds and laying eggs.
 
#*If you have an adult flock then you must purchase quails that are over 6 months of age, which by then will be matured birds and laying eggs.
 
#*If you have a flock of juvenile quail then purchase more juvenile birds rather than adults and vice versa.
 
#*If you have a flock of juvenile quail then purchase more juvenile birds rather than adults and vice versa.
#*If you want more eggs, then it is advised to buy young hens of 6 months of age. This is when they start laying.
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#*If you want more eggs then it is advised to buy young hens of 6 months of age. This is when they start laying.
#*If it's meat you wan,t then some breeders say to start with a lot of young chicks and raise them yourself to save money. However, buying adult birds ready for slaughter in a few weeks is always an option.
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#*If it's meat you want then some breeders say to start with a lot of young chicks and raise them yourself to save money. However, buying adult birds ready for slaughter in a few weeks is always an option.
#*For breeding, you should always start with young matured birds. For every 3-5 hens you should have one too.
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#*For breeding, you should always start with young matured birds. For every 3-5 hens you should have one roo.
 
#Understand the importance of gender ratios. Most males are very territorial and dominant. Some will never accept another male into their flock. If you have enough hens in your flock it is possible for you to try and introduce another male, but if it doesn't work out you may need an escape plan.[[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 7.jpg|center]]
 
#Understand the importance of gender ratios. Most males are very territorial and dominant. Some will never accept another male into their flock. If you have enough hens in your flock it is possible for you to try and introduce another male, but if it doesn't work out you may need an escape plan.[[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 7.jpg|center]]
 
#Consider the breed. Despite all being the same species, you cannot mix other breeds with a different kind. E.g button quail cannot be mixed with Coturnix quail. [[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 8.jpg|center]]
 
#Consider the breed. Despite all being the same species, you cannot mix other breeds with a different kind. E.g button quail cannot be mixed with Coturnix quail. [[Image:Add New Quail to a Flock Step 8.jpg|center]]


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