Button Quail people help me out!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by mrandmrschicken, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. mrandmrschicken

    mrandmrschicken Songster

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    Saw button quail for the first time today and was enthralled by how tiny they were. Can anyone tell me what purpose they serve? They seem far too small for a production breed and as a hunting breed. Are they purely for enjoyment, like ornamental banatms? Are they a song bird? Can you eat their tiny eggs?

    I was fascinated.
     
  2. clickie

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    i have two male button quails, and they are just for pets lool. I have them in with my parakeets, they do crow but I dont mind it. I don't know what other people use them for but the eggs are super tiny lol.
     
  3. JenEric Farms

    JenEric Farms GOOGLE GENIUS

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    We had two a couple of years ago, i can't image them being used for anything but pets. I do know people that have aviaries keep them to "clean the bottom" as they will eat the seed the falls to the bottom. I have heard stories of them becoming tame, but ours never did. We tried to handle them alot but they seemed terrified of us... [​IMG]
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    You can eat their eggs, though they are quite small (as I'm sure you can imagine). Basically they are just pets. They are also known as the 'hoovers of the bird world', and many people keep them with their bigger birds, to clean up spilled food. They don't roost, and stay on the ground unless frightened. Then they 'pop up', but only for a bit, then right back to the ground! I wouldn't exactly call them 'song birds', but their calls are very sweet IMO. It's kind of a 'whoo-whoo-whoo' crying, some have likened it to laughing. But they are very interesting little birds!! I love them. [​IMG]

    I guess you could compare them to a finch, just something pretty to look at [​IMG]
     
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  5. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    I say this a lot
    Yap what they said! LOL
     
  6. NancyDz

    NancyDz Songster

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    There song is cute.. until they do it at 3am... then it's not so cute anymore [​IMG]
     
  7. clickie

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    lol agreed mine seem to make a loud noise at weird times lol. Then they make a noise that sounds like a deep breathing or something lol it scared me the first time they made it, but they usually don't make noise, well mine don't lol.
     
  8. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    Quote:LOL that is the males call
     

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