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

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jfulcher, May 24, 2011.

  1. jfulcher

    jfulcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    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.
     
  2. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    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 [​IMG]
     
  4. jfulcher

    jfulcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    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. [​IMG]
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    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.
     
  6. jfulcher

    jfulcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    Okay I was wondering about that.
     
  7. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    THe dust on the bottom of the bag of oyster shells become a delicacy for cbbq [​IMG]
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:If you have other birds to feed the non-dust to. [​IMG]
     
  9. jfulcher

    jfulcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    lol matter of fact I do [​IMG]
     
  10. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

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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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