• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Mike Haasl
  • paul wheaton
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Dave Burton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • Greg Martin
  • Carla Burke
  • Ash Jackson
  • Kate Downham

Bad Quail Behavior or Predator?

Posts: 10
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I've been hatching and raising quail for a few months now and am probably on my 6th hatch. But a few days ago, I found one of my mature quail with a split scalp. I couldn't account for the wound. But today, three of my 3 week old quail had similar but worse wounds on their heads. Is this a result of quail bullying or a mark of a predator? My quail are in hanging cages of 1/2 in square hardware cloth. I see no signs of entry to suggest a predator and if it was something like a rat, why would it only scalp them and not eat them? The quail have more than adequate space, feed, and water and have no reason to abuse each other. I'm at a loss!
Posts: 261
Location: Vermont, annual average precipitation is 39.87 Inches
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
How tall are the cages?  Could the quail be hitting their heads when startled?  I used 1/2 inch square hardware cloth with success despite high predator pressure so I think you are right that it's unlikely to be a predator.  I can't remember if Bullying would have been loss of feathers from their backs or their necks.  It's been over a year since I had any.
Quick! Before anybody notices! Cover it up with this tiny ad:
2021 RMH Jamboree planning thread!
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic