More Button babies. *Updated with Pics!*

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Sushi, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. Sushi

    Sushi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put away my incubator already, but my button Mamas had other ideas. I just had 2 of my pairs hatch out 6 babies each yesterday from setting their own eggs. Who says buttons don't go broody? I'm so happy to have little baby buttons with a Momma to raise them. I always feel bad raising them in a brooder.

    I think the secret to getting your button quail to set their own eggs is leave them alone. They are very shy little creatures and it takes a lot to make them feel safe. I make sure that each pair has at least one nest box in their own enclosure, and lots of cover to hide in. I change their water & feed as infrequently as possible so as not to disturb them and I've had about 6 hatches this year from broody hens. I probably would have had more, but I remove their eggs usually.
     
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  2. bfrancis

    bfrancis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats! You know what they say, "It's not true until we see the pictures!" [​IMG]

    Making a natural environment for quail is really good....bet they think it's awesome.
     
  3. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is soooo cool! I was wishing mine would go broody...but I lost my male now so it is unfertile eggs for me...[​IMG] Terri O
     
  4. Sushi

    Sushi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:As you wish. [​IMG]

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  5. bfrancis

    bfrancis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    VERY COOL!!! [​IMG] Thanks for posting the photos!
     
  6. mz.candiz

    mz.candiz Out Of The Brooder

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    So cute! Did you get to leave the male in too? My female went broody, and after the babies hatched I had to remove the male. First, he was abit too rough to the babies for my liking; then the female decided she had enough of him, and I had to take him out. But I would've really liked to have seen the male take care of the babies too!!

    I hope you keep us updated with more pictures [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Sushi

    Sushi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am pleased to report that, yes, I have been able to leave the male in there the whole time. He's been tending the babies right along side Mama.
     
  8. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they are trying to tell you that you are a good quail parent and they are comfy in the place you have them, too cool
     
  9. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well done! [​IMG]
     
  10. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    They are darling! I was thinking about getting some buttons myself, but are they very messy? I kind of like a nice display as well when I have a pet, so people can look at it.....

    Can you keep them in a cage like you would a canary, or do you need an aquarium type setting? And also, are they stinky?

    Thanks for your help....I like to do alot of research before I buy a new pet.....

    Sharon
     

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