Keeping Female Button Quail Together?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by omegacactus, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. omegacactus

    omegacactus New Egg

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    Hello Everyone,

    I am looking into getting some button quail and this will be my first time keeping quail.
    I have read through all the stickies on here (a lot of good info, thanks guys!) as well as other forum posts and other websites, so I think I have a good basic understanding of how to take care of them. I'm getting the button quail as pets, however I would like the few eggs they lay to feed to my kitties [​IMG]

    My only question currently that I hope someone can answer is, can a few female button quail be kept together?
    I don't want any males, just females. I read that they are monogamous, so just 1 male for 1 female - but if I have no males around at all, can a trio of females be kept peacefully? They would be kept in a cage roughly 4 feet by 2 feet, so hopefully enough room for them to spread out!

    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    THey are really happy with their male mates. It is cute to watch the males take care of their mate. I have a lot of extra males if you are looking to pair up your girls.
     
  3. omegacactus

    omegacactus New Egg

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    Thanks for the info [​IMG]

    I don't want to have any fertilized eggs, so that's why I'd want to have only females.

    Was just checking if a few females living in a large enough cage would be fine together, or if they would fight despite not having a male around.

    Thank you for the offer on males - if I decide later that I want to have eggs to hatch I'll be sure to check with you [​IMG]
     
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Females can be as testy as boys with territory but you can try housing them together and see if they get along.
     
  5. FRlEDeggs

    FRlEDeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes you can [​IMG] Just make sure they are not stressed and have enough space
    Let us know how it goes!
     
  6. omegacactus

    omegacactus New Egg

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    Thanks guys [​IMG]

    I will probably try just 2 females to start, this way if it doesn't work out I can put up a divider in the cage and get a male mate for each one! [​IMG]
     
  7. Blob Chicken

    Blob Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with what the others have said ,but I do have one question.

    Why dont you want fertile eggs ??
     
  8. omegacactus

    omegacactus New Egg

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    I don't want to hatch any chicks, just want the eggs to feed to my kitties [​IMG]
    Feeding them fertilized eggs seems kinda strange, even if the chick hasn't grown yet... and I'm not sure how many would be fertilized if a male were in with the female.
    Since the quail will primarily be pets I only want 2-3 for now, and figured might as well have them be females so I get eggs from all of them!
     
  9. Blob Chicken

    Blob Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dunno ,fertile or not ,it makes no different for the first while. Actually ,infertile eggs will often develope for a few days before dying ,and if worked with enough you can create parthnogenic birds !!

    Either way ,its your choice [​IMG]

    Also you feed eggs to your cats ?? I hard boil quail eggs to feed to my cagebirds while they nest ,and I feed my magpie raw quail eggs. How abouts do you feed them ?? Raw ,hard boiled ,sunny side up [​IMG] ??
     
  10. omegacactus

    omegacactus New Egg

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    Hehe I'm sure they'd love them fried [​IMG]

    My kitties are on a raw diet, so I give them raw chicken eggs every now and then. I haven't found a source for raw quail eggs around here to try, but I found canned ones (boiled with no salt added) and they go crazy for them - I call them "cat-sized" eggs lol. We'll see how they take to some fresh ones! [​IMG]
     

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