So.... I am getting some button eggs next spring and when they are adults, would it be safe to put them outdoors in spring and summer? They would be in cages which are in a shed in winter, would that be ok?
Button Quail Outdoors?
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They must have a heated building in the winter. Quail lady can step in and give a more exact temperature range, but I'd suggest that a building that doesn't dip much below 65 is appropriate. Someone here lost ALL of their button quail when the temperature got down in the 50s.
If they are outside, it could only be when nighttime temps have ZERO chance of dipping below their safe temperature range. You also need to carefully consider predator issues. Another problem is that if they get loose outside, they are GONE. You will not catch them and they will die.
Any place where they are kept also needs to have appropriate temperatures in the summer. You don't want them to get cooked by a building that heats up in the summer. If the building is uncomfortable for a person who is wearing normal clothes, then it will not be a good place to keep your button quail.
Also, remember that your cages cannot have wire bottoms.
I think that cages inside a screen house or a screened gazebo would be very nice for button quail in nice warm weather. That way, if they got out of their cage, they still have a second barrier between them and the wild.
Also, you do need to consider protection from dogs, etc. very carefully.
Edited by Rozzie - 12/28/10 at 2:37pm
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No offense, but why do you ask questions that have answers (several times) on this board? If you check the stickies all the information you need is there.
Could I keep them out side IF they have heat?
GO READ THE STICKIES!