Button Quail and Coturnix Quails... Living together?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by hkel, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. hkel

    hkel New Egg

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    I am in need of some help. Through two different situations I am in possession of one Button quail about 5 months old and one Coturnix quail about 4 months old. Could these two live in the same habitat. Or is that a complete no-no. Looking for some guidance and help/tips.
     
  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most likely a no-no, but I have read about someone where mixing the species worked for a while, before a coturnix turned on a button. The sex of the birds might play a role - I think two females have the best chances. If the 'habitat' is very large, that probably increases the chances as well. But if you have other options at all, I'd not attempt it.
    Buttons can die from stress if they are kept alone, so I'd definitely get another button. I don't think coturnix are as prone to that, but I'd still not keep it alone. If it's female, a single female friend is enough - but make sure to do the introductions slowly, they can be very aggressive towards new birds. If it's male, a male friend might work as long as there are no females around - otherwise 4-7 female friends.
     
  3. hkel

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    Thank you. They currently are being housed next to each other. They can see each other but not get to each other. Oh vey! This is becoming more of an ordeal than we realized.
     

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