Button Quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Mt. Baker Quail, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Songster

    Dec 2, 2010
    Ferndale, Washington
    I just bought 12 button quail eggs and I have some questions about button quail.

    1. Will 29% protein game bird starter work for the chicks and the adults, and do I need to mix it with bird seed?

    2. Will 60% humidity be fine for all 16 days of incubation?

    3. I started the eggs on March 25 so on what day do I stop turning the eggs?

    4. Can I keep the adults pairs in storage totes?

    5. Can I keep the chicks on paper towels or should I use non-skid liners?

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    I am not an expert on Buttons, but I can answer some of these questions....

  3. Jackeltree

    Jackeltree In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2012
    I'm not an expert on hatching...my button pair hatched their own eggs. But I do know from experience that mature males will pick on each other...usually one will dominate the other and in my own experience, will beat him down until he dies. :( Females seem to get along fine and male/female(s) pairs seem to get along just fine. But watch them carefully to be sure. Also be aware that not all males have bibs, especially with colored and fancy varieties (all three males I ever had I bought as females and they turned out to be males, hence the tragedy I mentioned above).

    As for storage totes...I used one once to separate a male from my main enclosure and I used binder clips on top to secure a piece of tulle fabric. This worked very well and offered a soft roof (for the "bop factor") and good ventilation.

    Good luck!

  4. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Songster

    Dec 2, 2010
    Ferndale, Washington
    I just had 4 chicks hatch. I set the egg on the 25th of March so they are 3 day late I think. Why did they hatch so late?[​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2012
  5. meschelelaisav

    meschelelaisav In the Brooder

    May 10, 2012
    York, SC
    You did a darn good job on answering questions!!! Your protein is great as well as humidity. We use shelf liner and this seems to do a great job...just as long as they aren't slipping around or they can suffer from splayed leg and will eventually die. You stop turning eggs 13-14 days after you put them in the incubator. The last three days they are trying to figure out where to start pecking at. Hatching occurs between 16-22 days so three days "late" is actually perfectly normal.

    Storage totes or glass aquariums are fine. As for males getting along, maybe we are just lucky. But most of our males get along great. The key is making sure there are more females than males housed together.

    Have fun! They are the most awesome little birds!

  6. cva34

    cva34 Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Van Vleck ,TX
    Yes 2CR is always :good read and useful INFO...cva34

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