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Date Posted: 18:36:07 04/15/08 Tue
Author: Holly
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Subject: Killer Quail, eek!

I haven't been here in a while because as some ppl may remember, a fox managed to dig a hole in my aviary big enough to release 9 of my 10 quail.
Smokey has been on her own over winter, but I've been busy hatching in the house and it finally got warm enough to let my two boys out, so I got another girl from the shop to balance the numbers. I know most people just have one boy but the aviary is pretty big, and I had 5 unrelated pairs in there before without issue.
I mixed the lot and sat down to watch how things went, and to my surprise, Smokey, who previously lived in a huge group, had got ridiculously territorial, and started chasing down the boys (left the girl alone). I decided to see how it went, and after an hour or so she was calm and for 20 mins or so after, they were behaving pretty friendly.
The shock came the next morning, when I found one of my boys dead and the other 3 snuggled together. I'm certain that it was Smokey who did it, when they were first introduced she was very aggressive, but I assumed it was a short term irritation.
Now what should I do? Is she a risk now? should I try introducing any more? or accept that i can't? Should I remove the other boy just in case?

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