How Cold Hardy Are Buttons?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Chiko, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    We have a few button quail and they have been inside in a rabbit cage during the long snowfalls but now they have stopped and the remaining snow has stopped melting but there is still snow on the ground and a cold breeze will they be ok in their enclosed pen?(there is no snow in their pen)
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
  3. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2010
    my house in maryland
    Quote:Button quail will die in COOLER temps.Someone on here had all their Buttons die overnight due to the cold of being out in 50 degrees. It is recommended tha they have 65-85 degree temps .
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    Also, I see you house them in a pen. Is this a Pair you have in the pen or a colony? Button quail are pair birds.
  5. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    I have 2 boys but might get more soon. (they don't fight they are brothers and best buds [​IMG] )
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    2 males together is fine, especially if they've been raised together. I've got a couple of bachelor pens that don't have any trouble. I've actually never had a problem with buttons killing each other, though one of the button girls I hatched from quaillady would beat up every boy I put in with her, at least until I stuck her in the bachelor pen (with 6 males)....she learned how to behave after that [​IMG]

    ETA: In regards to your initial question, buttons are okay in temps around 60, but they'd be much happier in warmer temps. I wouldn't keep them outside in the winter. I did move mine outside (on the front porch) in the spring of the first year I had them when temps were still getting into the mid- to upper-50's at night, but there were at least 6 birds in each 'pen' and I covered them with a blanket at night.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011

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