Button Quail, Hatchling Question

Discussion in 'Quail' started by SterlingAcres, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I've got 5 button quail eggs in the bator. One hatched this morning on Day 18. The other 4 don't have so much as a pip. I moved the baby to the brooder box and he's peeping like crazy.

    If no more hatch, will he be okay solo? I have chickens due Friday. Will it be okay to throw them all in together or no? He's probably too small, right? Can a quail be lonely?
     
  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:Probably too small with chickens, but if that was me sure i'd put a button chick in with chicken chicks as long as the chicks weren't stepping on it if that happens then i'd remove them just so the lil guy doesnt get squished. [​IMG] I know of many people who raise BQs with adult chickens...I have no idea how they do it but then again, I have two adult button quail in with coturnix quails (which are muuuch bigger than them) and they are perfeclty fine together. [​IMG]

    As for keeping a chick solo, sure i've done it...but after about 3-4 days these solo chicks were luckily introduced to other birds so I can't say for certain out of my own experience how it is but i do know theres a site called "cyberquail.com" that theres many people who raise solo quails as pets and they become really tame....however they are much happier in pairs....and since BQ chicks only take 16-18 days to hatch, i suggest getting a few more bq eggies to incubate so within just a bit your lil wee one will have pals.

    I have a 2 week old chick in with a week old and a almost week old button quail chicks...the big one doesn't mind, and the two yougner ones think the bigger one is it's mama..they even try to cuddle under it's legs. [​IMG]
     
  3. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    by the way have you raised BQ's before? they pretty much peep all the time (quietly) even in small flocks [​IMG]
     
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Thank you for the information. No I haven't raised button quail before, it's new to me. So far, so good. He's still peeping. I've added a stuffed puppet to the brooder, for him to snuggle up against. It seemed to make a little difference. I don't see any pips in the other 4 eggs, so I guess I should get ahold of some new ones.

    Thanks again [​IMG]
     

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