Breeding season for captives?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Kneedles, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. Kneedles

    Kneedles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been waiting for approximately two months for feedback from a pet shop that apparently sometimes has button quails, and for a shorter amount of time for feedback from a second pet shop that actually had a button quail when I visited, but which I decided not to buy, due to the fact that only one was present.
    Apparently, the main reason for why there have not been any available is because it is currently not their breeding season (where I live). Do captive quail actually have breeding seasons, though?
     
  2. Kherome

    Kherome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they do. However, you can force out of season laying by lighting them.
     
  3. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    That pet store is yanking your chain. Buttons are like coturnix, actually they tend to be even more thrifty. They'll lay every day of the year that lighting is sufficient. Typically you'll end up with so many button eggs that you have to stop collecting them to get the hen to stop laying them.

    Edit: Are you referring to TRUE button quail, or king quail (coturnix chinesis) which are commonly referred to as buttons?

    King quail AKA button quail
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  4. tinkatwerp

    tinkatwerp Out Of The Brooder

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    Button quail and king quail aren't the same thing? What's the Latin name of button quail?
     
  5. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

  6. tinkatwerp

    tinkatwerp Out Of The Brooder

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    You mean they have the genus name Turnix?

    Well I'll be darned. I had no idea that button quail and king quail were completely different things. I thought it was two different names for the same thing. Interesting.
     
  7. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You'll have to excuse me, on occasion my fingers are faster than my brain.

    The reason king quail are called button quail US is thought to be because American soldiers returning from war in Europe talked of tiny quail they kept that were "cute as a button". Who knows for sure but that is as likely an explanation as I've found.
     
  8. tinkatwerp

    tinkatwerp Out Of The Brooder

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    Interesting indeed. No worries, I was partially checking because I was curious if they were family turnix and genus Turnix and my phones a pain to look things up on.
     
  9. Kneedles

    Kneedles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was referring to King Quail. I was originally going to write their name as "Chinese Painted Quail" to avoid confusion (the fact that a true species of quail was called the "button quail" seemed ignorant when I first found out about the name).
    Thanks for your help.
     

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