Adult male button gifting to chicks

Discussion in 'Quail' started by xxSonja, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. xxSonja

    xxSonja Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be an indication of chick gender?
    The most recent hatch of button chicks are only 5days old but some come running to my male whenever he makes his gifting noise and others just ignore him.
    Anyone witness this with their buttons when raised by the parent birds?
     
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    The males should be the one feeding the chicks. I don't believe it's the indication of gender. If you have a female and male helping with the chick care, that's great, just get ready for when they are ready to say goodbye when the chicks are ready to leave the nest. Now when they are all of sexual maturity, the parents are "supposed" to shoo them off to find their mates. This is what they do in the "wild"
     
  3. xxSonja

    xxSonja Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm so the male is actually just doing the normal thing? Thats so wierd, Ive never really noticed that in any of my other broods. (i dont incubate, everything round here is done 'au naturale' lol ) maybe all my other boys are lousy fathers? lol

    I tend to pull my chicks out of the parental cage when they are almost fully feathered, usually they still have a bit of head fluff, and pair them up with a mate. At that age they seem to bond easier, and havent become territorial yet.
     
  4. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The males will also help incubate the eggs. [​IMG]
     
  5. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    They make Fake nests to deter predators. It's cute.
     

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