Buttons won't lay....

Discussion in 'Quail' started by arherp, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought 1.4 adult buttons at the stockyards this past Saturday. It us almost Monday, and there are no eggs. Are these just a highly seasonal bird? Or a bird that lays like a sebright? LOL.
    It couldn't be a photoperiod screw up, I provide 14 hrs of light.
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    They are seasonal layers, but they are also highly sensitive. I moved my buttons from inside the house on to the covered porch this past spring, and it caused them to stop laying for a month.
    Just give them some time, they should start back up.

    Where are you keeping them? They need to be indoors in the winter, they can't handle the cold very well. If they are inside, they'll probably lay all winter long, with the lights in your house.
     
  3. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are in my basement, plenty of lights. What do their eggs look like, and how big are they?
     
  4. Kullas

    Kullas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    brown color or green i cant remember bla [​IMG] and about as big around as a dime
     
  5. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First I was all "How do you buy 0.4 of a button?" Then I realized it was your ratio. LOL.

    Sorry I can't be more help than none, but I don't have buttons yet...merely scouring their posts for info.

    The lady I bought my coturnix from said that they will often stop laying for a week or two after being moved. Buttons are more sensitive than coturnix, it seems.
     
  6. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks [​IMG]
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Buttons are very sensitive to changes. Their eggs are brown with darker spots or green with brown spots. One of my girls lays an egg that is always a greenish-blue color with no spots. Normally this would mean they were laid early, before all the color was put on, but not her. She lays the same looking egg every day [​IMG]

    The eggs are about as big as my middle fingernail [​IMG]
     
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  8. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Pretty Much The Size Of The Average Jelly Bean....
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:That reminds me, around Easter I had gotten some of those mini-robin's eggs candies and had my dad believing they were the buttons eggs [​IMG] They (the candies) are just a tiny bit smaller [​IMG]
     
  10. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL, thanks for the help so far guys!
     

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