hi..i've recently become interested in button quail...

redhen

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i was wondering...what exactly do you do with them, besides them being SO cute!..
...as in: can you eat the eggs?..someone metioned they are to small for meat....can they go in with my chickens?..or will i need a seperate pen for them?...so..i'm just curious..thanks, Wendy
 

amazondoc

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Cute is enough!


These guys are so little, they would probably escape from most pens built for chickens. Not to mention which, the chickens might end up eating them! :mad:

I have mine in a flight cage along with my budgies and diamond dove. They do fine with other small birds, but I wouldn't even keep them with anything as large as most parrots.

Also, for anyone else out there thinking of keeping these guys: mine LOOOOOOOOOOVE dust baths. PLEASE provide dust baths for your quail! They will appreciate it!!
 

redhen

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wow!!..they are THAT small??.i've never seen one in person(only pics)..i do have a flight type cage..like for finches..etc. so, are they like parakeet size?...now i'm really interested!..thanks, Wendy
 

amazondoc

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Yes, they are fairly ittybitty. I've never seen a newly hatched chick, but they are said to be the size of a bumblebee.
the adults are roughly 4-5" long. And of course they are intensely cute!!
 

redhen

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ooh!..now i NEED some!...spring time i'm going to try to find some in my area...
...or get brave and try to hatch some eggs...
..
 

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