Button Quail

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  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Red, White, Gray and Blue
    There are various of Button Quail but in the normal form males have a brown back with dark streaks.
    The face is white outlined in black. Normal type hens are brown with dark streaking.
    Both sexes have long slender black beaks, which curve downward, and red-orange tarsus.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Native to Australia, Southeast Asia, India and China,
    They inhabit warm grasslands in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia. There are 16 species in two genera, with most species being found in the genus Turnix and only one being found in the genus Ortyxelos.
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  • Breed Details:
    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.






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Recent User Reviews

  1. lisameow
    "Sweet little birds"
    Pros - Don't use a lot of resources, enjoyable to watch, lay lots of eggs, active, nice call, come in many colours
    Cons - Get spooked easily, quite fragile, usually not tame, sensitive to cold, hard to catch
    If you research how to care of them properly, these little quail will be very easy to look after. Their eggs are too small to really be eaten but they make a nice treat for other pets like dogs or cats. They adapt well to different environments but are easily effected by the cold. They are not good to keep with young children because they spook very easily. their bones are very delicate and being held a bit roughly could break a leg or wing. for the most part they hate to be held or disturbed but they won't mind you quietly watching them. Watching them is vey fun because they hop around, males will feed the females, they chase each other and they will sometimes preen each other. They can actually fly quite far. I had one that flew onto a neighbours roof once. So you have to be careful when opening their door or catching them. To be happy, all these birds basically need is a dry, warm enclosure with a shelter they can hide in, water, shell grit, game bird starter feed and seeds.
  2. CascadiaRiver
    "Not for Everyone, Perfect for Me"
    Pros - Small, Colourful, Interactive and are very interesting
    Cons - Needs experienced owners, not always friendly, very delicate, and hard to raise/keep
    Button Quail, white both adorable and small are not a pet I'd recommend to anyone I know. I currently have 3 and am hatching more because these little birds are addicting, they make lovely sounds but can be extremely loud when alone or without a mate, and they need a lot of space to be truly happy. These little birds are very interactive and even when they're not hand raised they can become conditioned to human interaction. If you have other birds you may think you are ready to tackle a button, but trust me, these are very difficult birds to hatch, buy, own and raise. Their eggs are very small and sometimes they can accidentally crush them, and your fingers might go right through them while you are collecting. Not many people own these in large quantities so its hard to even find them if you are interested. It's also difficult to make a home for them not only because they need a large space to live but the roof has to be "boink proof" and if you don't know what boinking is, its when the buttons are scared or nervous they will launch themselves up to escape the threat, except when there's a roof they will knock them selves on it, and it can scalp these birds if its not cushioned properly. It's very hard to raise these birds too because they are so small and so fast and aren't usually very docile, much more flighty.

    These cuties are not for everyone, they are a HUGE investment for not much reward if youre careful, I would choose Cotournix or bantam chickens over these guys, or even pigeons or doves. Not for the inexperienced pet owners.
    ButtonquailGirl14 likes this.
  3. Lizard King
    "Button Quail"
    Pros - Cute, Funny, Good Pets
    Cons - Weak
    Button Quail Are Cute Little Birds
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