how you like the button quail to like you?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quailraisingMan, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. quailraisingMan

    quailraisingMan In the Brooder

    Sep 16, 2009
    when i open the brooder were they live. ( only hatch 3, 2 live , 2 day ago) they seem to be so afriad, i never spook them
    hardly handle them, they seem to be soo afraid. how you get them to like you, cause the one that pass away, is the only one whom actually likes me [​IMG] that would follow me when i whistle

  2. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Bouttons don't tend to be friendly birds. I would think the more you handle them the better
  3. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Central Virginia
    Especially when still in the brooder mine are pretty skittish...
    I always move very slowly when putting my hand in to retrieve their food or water dish and they still freak out.
    This is pretty normal at that age. As they grow and learn that they need not be afraid of you they will calm down "some"
    If startled they will still bang around the inside of the cage though so I still move slowly around them. After they are about 10
    week sold mine usually will start coming to my hand when I put it in the cage looking for treats. They LOVE pieces of apple and lettuce.

    Give them time,
  4. spotsplus

    spotsplus Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Franklin, MA
    I always move slowly and let them know I am there before opening the top of the brooder by talking to them. I hold my quail babies- but they are quick and you have to be careful they don't fall. I hold mine from day 1. They tend to be calm. The babies will call for me to come pick them up. That lasts until about 2 weeks then they get very independant. That's when I start feeding them dry mealworms that they love. As adults I don't hold them because they are delicate but I do hand feed them. I also have been breeding for temperment for a long time. I breed BQs that are not as "jumpy" so they tend to be calmer anyway.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2009
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Definitely move slowly, I don't hold mine, but they don't freak out like they are 'supposed' to do when I clean their cage. Buttons are very sensitive, it takes them a while to get used to anything new it seems. [​IMG]

  6. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    Be predictable.
    My buttons don't care if I put my hand in to change the water or collect eggs... as long as I do it the same way I usually do. I have a routine.
    I say, "Hey quail" and then I talk to them while reaching in for the water. I move my hand slowly and go straight for the waterer. They don't flip out anymore because I think they anticipate that I'm not interested in them, but the waterer.
    When I collect eggs, I talk to them (again) while putting my hand in the corner of the cage. I rest my hand inside for a few seconds, giving the quail a chance to decide what I'm going to do. Then I slowly go straight for the eggs.
    Sometimes I just put my hand in and rest it, palm up. After a minute or so, the buttons will start running across my hand as if it wasn't there.
    They still flip out a bit when I clean their cages out, but I don't have a solution for that... yet. [​IMG]

    ETA: spelling corrections
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2009

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