A visit to a village in Northern Malaysia produced a coop of about thirty poultry quail species commercially kept for eggs (left top).
A disturbing sight was observed when most of the quails appeared to have their posterior pecked at and fresh wounds were seen and blood stained the coop wooden floor (left middle).
Here is an image of a quail pecking the rear of another (left bottom).
Like some species in birds, when they are under stress or kept in confined space, begin to lose their shine and pluck their feathers.
Perhaps the condition is the same too for quails and more severe.
In this case, this species of quails get bloody.
Or is it a case of, ‘If you do me, I do ya…. Fatty?
AVIAN WRITER DAISY O’NEILL PENANG MALAYSIA
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