Can Button and Coturnix live together?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by GingerZoo, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. GingerZoo

    GingerZoo In the Brooder

    Nov 29, 2008
    First of all "HI" I am a newbie. I purchased six Quail from a breeder at a bird fair this past weekend. I received three Buttons and three Coturnix. The only reason I know that is from this forum. [​IMG] Anyway, they are the same age, but of course different sizes. I was told they are between four and six weeks old. Can they be kept together in the same pen? I have an outdoor aviary that houses 30 parakeets. It is five foot wide by seven foot long and seven foot tall.

  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    Quote:I'd say that many together would be perfeclty fine in that set up. I'd put little hidey areas for the button quail incase there is any spats. I have button quail in with coturnix, and have for months without any problems. I however supervised teh first meeting and saw some picking so i removed the button quail and tried again about a week later and they accepted them no problem. I also raise button quail chicks with coturnix quail chicks never had a problem.
  3. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    Oct 5, 2008
    I have some that will and some that won't. Originally, I thought I'd be able to house the buttons with the Coturnix, so I introduced them in small cages inside the big cage, and then after about a week, tried them out. Two of the pairs had no issue, the other two button pairs were chased and pecked at by the Coturnix. I tried again a couple weeks later, same deal. I swapped the pairs and tried again, still no luck, so I just got more cages for the buttons. I wound up with an extra Coturnix roo and an extra Button roo, both of whom were mouth breathing. I put them in the same hospital tank and they get along like they were made for each other. The Button will sleep snuggled under the Coturnix, which helps keep him warm. They're slowly recovering from whatever bug they had and none of the others seem to have caught it. However, I don't think I can separate them after this, so I'll probably get them a bachelor cage.

    The Buttons and Coturnix that live together pretty much ignore each other unless mealworms are involved. Then they'll spat at each other and fight over them, but there's never any real aggression.

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  4. GingerZoo

    GingerZoo In the Brooder

    Nov 29, 2008
    Thanks. I am trying the same thing. I have the two cages side-by-side and hope they get to know each other so they'll all get along. [​IMG]I'll let you know how it goes.

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