Practical Uses for Button Quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Omniskies, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2008
    I know Buttons are pretty and adorable, but what practical uses are there for them? I'm guessing meat and eggs are out for these little birds. I have heard of them being released in bird pens to clean up spilled feed- would they live in a barn and reproduce like feathered mice?

    What do you use your quail for?
  2. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Quote:No. They wouldn't live in a barn that way. They are monogamous, so should be kept in pairs. I suppose in a large area -- like a BIG aviary, with lots of hiding spaces, you could safely have more than one pair.

    However, a barn simply wouldn't be secure enough. These are tiny little birds, easily killed and eaten by any predator imaginable. They have zero defense except to popcorn up and try to fly to get out of danger. Plus, they cannot tolerate cold temperatures. I've read that 45 is the ULTRA lowest they should be kept. I won't be going ANYWHERE near that low with mine. (The heater in their room will be set to 68-70 all winter. I'll just have to cringe when I pay the bill.)

    You can eat the eggs that they lay. It takes a while to crack them, but we do eat them. I refuse to waste those little eggs! It takes about 20-30 to make a fried egg sandwich.
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Well, you could make a really, really small roast quail out of one. The Chinese eat sparrows and call them 'Rice Birds'.

    I guess they could be raised as food for reptiles. I don't know how practical that would be compared to raising mice. Not my thing by any means.
  4. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    A 24 egg omelet, now thats braggin food.
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2010
  6. Sushi

    Sushi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    The eggs are even smaller than coturnix eggs and make a nice novelty in gourmet dishes. They can be deviled or pickled and served as h'or d'oevres. Pickled they are small enough to be skewered on a cocktail pick and used to garnish a martini.
  7. Valley quail breeder

    Valley quail breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2010
    Greensboro, NC
    Chupacabra food.....
  8. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Golf balls? Just kidding I was gonna get a pair to clean up wasted seed from my parakeet but I heard parakeets can be aggresive so im just getting them for the looks and sounds they make.
  9. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Quote:You should have seen the confusion on a thread over in Random Rambling when I said I'd had a 30 egg omelet for supper. They thought it was a typo for 3 eggs. Of course, that's exactly why I posted it.
  10. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have just one female in my flight cage with my finches. She is just adorable and begs for a meal worm every morning. She started taking them from my fingers and now hops up in my hand to get her worm! I think I like her more than I do the finches! Terri O

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