Hello! We only just yesterday purchased two quails to go in with our two zebra finches (both birds are in couples of male and female)
We bought them as we felt awful for them - horrendous conditions in the shop.
We were looking for advice on what we should be doing with them, how to care for them etc.
I asked as many questions as I could to the man in the shop but he wasn't that knowledgeable on them.
I rang today to ask what breed they were, he said Chinese quails.
He said that keeping a male and a female together will be fine...????
The female I chose has had most of her plumage on the back pulled out, poor thing, so I was hoping to have her in my care so she can fully recover.
They already seem a lot brighter and not so scared which is great. All birds seem to be used to each other already.
All we purchased was some awful chalky looking grain for them from the mans suggestion. They seem to be more interested in our finch food, is this okay??
My partner is in the process of building them a small house as I feel like they need a little bit of cover, and I think we will also make them a sand box.
Our floor to the cage is a sand sheet. We have some of our finch nesting material on the floor too which the quails seem to love rummaging around in!
We were thinking of giving them an "exercise hour" or two each day from the cage. We have our birds in the kitchen so it's a very safe space for them, the floor space doesn't have any gaps for them to get stuck and they'd be supervised at all times.
If I could just please have as much advice as possible, we want to give them the best care possible as the standards really weren't too great in the shop.
Happy to answer further questions!!