Button Quail cage?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Pokes79, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Pokes79

    Pokes79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I won 6+extras "tuxedo" button quail eggs on ebay the other day and 20 eggs showed up. They weren't joking about the +extras part. I have them in the incubator now.
    What makes a good cage? How much room would be needed for a pair?
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I have 10 buttons (4 f, 6 m) in a rubbermaid tote about 2'x3' and they get along fine. My others are in a rat manor cage that is divided top and bottom. The top part has 2 females and 4 males, the bottom has 3 females and 4 males.

    You need to make sure the spacing is no more than 1/2", and they shouldn't be kept on wire. My birds that are together were all hatched together and get along fine as a group.
     
  3. Pokes79

    Pokes79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I have read that they fight if kept together in groups. It is good to hear that I might be able to get away with having them together.
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I haven't put any together that weren't hatched together, so I don't know how they would act. But being hatched and raised together they do fine as a group. The downside to this is that you wouldn't be able to let the hens hatch their own eggs, the others would most likely kill the babies.
     
  5. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    Keeping them in groups is kind of like playing with fire. Anything upsets them can make them turn on each other! I keep mine in 90qt starlite totes as pairs. I also have a pair in my aviary. I have keep groups in the past of ones hatched together until they where rehomed. When I first started I housed them all together to a bad end. Just a note of warning.
     
  6. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Keeping them in groups is kind of like playing with fire. Anything upsets them can make them turn on each other! I keep mine in 90qt starlite totes as pairs. I also have a pair in my aviary. I have keep groups in the past of ones hatched together until they where rehomed. When I first started I housed them all together to a bad end. Just a note of warning.
     

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