How do I get my buttons to breed or?....

jfulcher

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May 24, 2011
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Take it easy on me I am a noob. I got my quail about 3 weeks ago they are about 8 weeks old. I wanted to know when they would be able to breed. And hoW I would know they were getting ready to lay. I have one male and one female.
 

punk-a-doodle

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Apr 15, 2011
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Put on some Barry White, dim the lights...

I'm not sure about age, but I hear providing cover helps encourage them.
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
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Buttons usually start laying between 6 and 12 weeks old. Since you just got them and they are on the 'low' end of the time spectrum, I would give them at least another month before you start to worry. Just make sure they have a good diet of crumble feed, finch seed, and calcium (like oyster shells) and they will start as soon as they are ready
 

jfulcher

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May 24, 2011
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Haha barry white.. Thank you, both for replying, I do have them on everything but oyster shell but I will make sure to put them on it.
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
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You can use cuttle bone if you prefer, oyster shells can be kind of big. Cuttle bone is the same thing, they just peck off what they need.
 

Sumatra503

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I just place a chunk in a ziplock bag and roll the rolling pin over it and it makes cuttle bone dust. Mine were a bit too lazy to peck off chunks themselves.

Nothing laying here either, but they are a bit young.
 

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