Greetings from Snohomish Washington! #blackpondfarm
We just successfully hatched our first batch of button quail a few days ago! (My son is a sophomore and just started his flock.) I will attach photos...
Here's some tips:
Habitat: We are using 20 gallon fish aquariums with screen covers, 2 inches of shavings in the bottom, a facial tissue box cover laid on it's side for a "house" and votive candle holders for food an water dishes. We tried a bird cage, but they were very messy. The current set up is so much better that it's in my living room!
Brooder: same aquarium set up, with a heat lamp over the top. An interesting thing happened when we placed the brooder aquarium between the two breeding pairs...they stopped laying. (They were laying 11 eggs in a 7 day cycle.) They completely STOPPED.
Ours is nothing fancy. Be sure to add rocks to the floor to help regulate heat and moisture fluctuations. They won't be as dramatic with the rocks in there. The key to success is to closely monitor temperature and humidity and make adjustments. A digital thermometer is an excellent investment.
Be sure to move your quail questions over to the "quail forum". You will get a better response. GOOD LUCK with your first hatching!
Brenda, Tim, Erin and Preston
Black Pond Farm