Hatcheries that sell sexed 1 day old button quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Fawkes, May 8, 2011.

  1. Fawkes

    Fawkes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering whether there are any hatcheries that will sex button quail babies? I want chicks since I want them to be very tame (I've raised button chicks before and they are very tame because I raised them since they hatched) but I need females for my male buttons. My males will not tolerate other males in their territory but they are lonely and even like each other (I have the tanks close together), just so long as they aren't on each other's territory.
     
  2. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    None. [​IMG]

    Buttons, for one, do not ship well AT ALL. They are so tiny and fragile, especially when born, that no one can ship them without incurring a 100% death rate. Also, you can't sex buttons when they are young like that, without risking severely screwing up their insides.

    Not trying to rain on your parade. [​IMG] however, eggs and incubators work very well to get quick numbers. They will also equal out the cost of day old chicks.

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. Fawkes

    Fawkes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw, I was afraid that was the case. I goggled and wasn't able to find any, but thought someone here knew of one. I suppose I could get either eggs or get chicks from someone local, but I'll still have to sell any extras. If I just got the number I need (3-6) half of those would probably be males. Ugh. I would hate getting attached and then having to give them away. That would be one of the most difficult things for me to do. Its a shame males can't just get along.

    I don't know button mutations very well, are there any mutations that are able to be visually sexed young? Or is there any chance that the new males would be compatible with each other? In my experience they have fought, but perhaps I didn't have the right female/male ratio?
     
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Hi,

    You are experiencing what nature is: Button quail are monagamous and are best in 1F/1M ratios

    So my suggestion is hatching out more or waiting until someone has some female available. I only have males available for the time being so I can't help ya. [​IMG]
     
  5. Fawkes

    Fawkes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats the problem- I want young chicks, like a day old, so i can raise them and they'll be tame. I don't think anyone has tame buttons.
     
  6. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    If you were near by, I would give you some chicks. Button quail are rarely that tame. Mine take mealworms from me and that's it. They have a defense mechanism that if held they lose feathers.
     
  7. Fawkes

    Fawkes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I know, but ever since they hatched I spent lots of time with them. So I guess they never knew to be afraid of me. Halo is super tame, he hangs out with me while i'm on my laptop or watching tv etc and he hops up in my hand to be taken out of his tank.
     
  8. ppurv326

    ppurv326 Out Of The Brooder

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    See im looking to do that with Bobwhites, just two or so. Ive seen hand raised bobwhites that can become shoulder birds, and id love to raise a lil feathered friend sitting on my shoulder when im watching tv or listening to music or watever
     
  9. Fawkes

    Fawkes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thats cool, most people think it can't be done but if you spend a lot of time with them ever since they hatch its possible. They're very sweet little birds and fun to interact with (buttons I mean, no experience with bobwhites unfortunately)
     

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