New to quail lots of Questions

Discussion in 'Quail' started by EasterEggersRULE, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. EasterEggersRULE

    EasterEggersRULE Chirping

    Dec 13, 2010
    South Texas
    Hi, i am new to quail i decided i would try button quail first since there smaller than others and would be good starters. I have located a trio (one rooster and two hens) that i will be picking up next week and i need a list of things i need.

    List of things i have.

    24x24 rabbit cage (raised 9inches off ground) Will use this for the quail at one point.

    three 24 inch long 1/2 inch diameter perches incase they want to roost (never had quail so if these are not needed let me know)

    A pop bottle waterer i have seen on many quail cages.

    Two feeding dishes (ceramic dish washer safe i will switch them out every day)

    A bag of low dust aspen wood shavings

    A half log hide ment for reptiles but i think it will fit two or three quail inside (going to be used as a nest box)

    And a 40long 24 high 16 deep aviary type cage (Indoors will be used during there first few weeks here and for any chicks i may hatch)

    I have no idea what type of feed i should buy please let me know i am compleatly new to quail.
  2. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    i am guessing that you said the rabbit hutch is off the ground you plan on keeping them outside, i havn't heard alot of people keeping buttons outside, i guess you can as long as it doesn't get to cold/hot(not sure how well they respond)

    as far as feed, Gamebird Starter (commonly called GBS) 24% or higher will work
  3. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    The hutch would be better for a colony quail (coturnix) than button quail. Button quail are monagamous and pair bond. They are also very small (3-3.25 inches) and don't do well with cold, therefore will need to be indoors (unless you have a heated aviary).

    As for food, Gamebird starter unmedicated of 24% or higher works for the first 6-8 weeks along with oyster shells. and then you can give them a maintenance or the gamebird starter mixed in with oyster shells and finch seed.

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