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

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by redhen, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    i was wondering...what exactly do you do with them, besides them being SO cute!..[​IMG]...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
     
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    Cute is enough! [​IMG]

    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!!
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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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
     
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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. [​IMG] the adults are roughly 4-5" long. And of course they are intensely cute!!
     
  5. redhen

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

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