The temperament of each bird may vary widely. Buttonquails are small, drab, running birds, which avoid flying. In length and 1.9 to 4.7 ounces (53 to 134 grams) in weight, with the female significantly larger than the male. Incubation period of 12 to 13 days. We considered them more of a novelty bird or even a clean up bird in finch cages. Button quail need a shallow water bowl. If you want high egg production, give them 14 hours of light per day. Many commercial breeders feed turkey mash or turkey crumble. The crumble needs to be ground to the rightsize.