I have a great pair of buttonquail that we keep as pets. This summer, we let them hatch out and raise six chicks, which they did fabulously. However, somehow 5 out of 6 of the second generation ended up being males. We sold the female and one male, but now we have the four males left. I ended up separating them into two pairs after some scuffling, and the configuration seems to work- each pair gets along OK. They don't really snuggle, but they tolerate each other fine. However, for the last 10 days or so, they have all been RELENTLESSLY loud. They crow and "wind tunnel" almost constantly. They can hear the other quail but can't see them (other than their one cage-mate). We cover the cages with sheets at night, but they still crow almost all day and night except for maybe 6 hours in the dead of night. They can't see the adult female- she's above them on a shelf, so I can't figure out what is getting them going- it's driving us nuts and I'm willing to try just about anything! Our other pair is chatty and we are definitely able to tolerate some noise, but this is insane. I'm worried our neighbors will complain.
Also, if anyone near Syracuse is interested in 1-3 male buttons (dark, wild-type), we are selling!