The Do's and Don'ts of Button Quail (CBBQ)

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  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The Do’s and Don’t’s of Button Quail

    EGGS:
    Do:
    -incubate for 16 days @ 100 degrees and 50% humidity
    -remove from turner @ 13 days
    Don’t:
    -let the incubator run dry, your eggs will dry out
    -open the incubator unnecessarily, only for adding water and removing eggs from turner

    CHICKS:
    Do:
    -remove from incubator before 24 hours of age
    -use cloth bedding (towel, old T-shirt) for the first 3-5 days
    -grind feed or make into a wet mash for at least the first week
    -use quail water base with marbles or pebbles OR use a small parakeet waterer. Buttons WILL try to go swimming in their dish!
    -brood at 100 degrees for the first week, lowering temperatures regularly as needed
    -feed high protein, unmedicated, gamebird starter feed, at least 20%
    Don’t:
    -forget anything in the Do’s list!!

    YOUNG ADULTS (4-6 weeks)
    Do:
    -keep in warm area (consistent 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit)
    -feed unmedicated gamebird crumbles, at least 20% protein
    -start adding oyster shells or cuttlebones and bird seed to the diet to arrive at an adult rate of 60% gamebird feed, 40% bird seed (parakeet/finch seed)
    -house in draft-free area
    -separate birds if pecking or fighting begins
    -house on solid flooring with pine, aspen, or paper bedding
    Don’t:
    -house outdoors in temperatures less than 70 degrees
    -‘play’ with your buttons
    -house on wire floors
    -forget anything on the Do’s list!

    ADULTS (8 weeks +)
    Do:
    -house in single, opposite sexed, pairs
    -use short, wide cages instead of tall 'bird' cages
    -use solid flooring with pine, aspen, or paper bedding
    -feed crumbled-feed (18% or higher protein) and bird seed (parakeet/finch) at the rate of 60% crumbles, 40% seed
    -offer free choice oyster shells or cuttlebones
    -house indoors at temps of at least 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit
    -house single males in group pens with hatch-mates until acquiring female mates
    -use soft roofing or padding on hard surfaces for tops of pens
    -use a minimum of 11” x 11” of space per pair
    -use wire (sides and tops of pen) no larger than ½” square
    -remove eggs regularly (daily)
    -consider swapping eggs with ‘dummy’ eggs to give your hens a break [​IMG]
    Don’t:
    -house males and females together in anything other than a single-pair pen
    -house outdoors in temps below 50 degrees Fahrenheit without supplemental heat and draft guards
    -feed low-quality feed
    -use solid-topped pens without padding!
    -house on wire flooring

    Video clips of crowing sounds (male) and locator sounds (male and female). There is a lot of confusion between these 2.

    This is the crow (wind sound) that only males do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6J4-kF5zRA

    And
    here is the locator call that both males and females make:


    This post was edited to change the protein % on the feed requirements. Some people say 28% protein, I have always fed my buttons 20% protein feed.
     
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  2. PippyChicken

    PippyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much!! I'll def. remember this next time I get button quail!
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Hoping this will get stickied so these wonderful little birds can be taken care of properly [​IMG]
     
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Very important info folks [​IMG]
     
  5. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

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    Great Info! This info needs to be stickied!

    I had one little lone button hatch last night! silver I think, hoping another will hatch tonight.....
    This is from my pairs and its their first 4 eggs that I just put in the bator to see if any would hatch.
     
  6. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Awesome info! Thanks so much!
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Hopefully it will have a buddy soon, I've never had good luck raising singleton chicks. [​IMG]
     
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:I was thinking that this would be a wonderful thread to get stickied!!!! I bookmarked it in case I ever get button quail. Thank you!
     
  9. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

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    Quote:Hopefully it will have a buddy soon, I've never had good luck raising singleton chicks. [​IMG]

    If its a single I hope its a girl! I have many boys and only 4 girls. The bachelor pad does not need any more boys! [​IMG]
     
  10. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    Please check the sticky index. It was there yesterday as soon as I saw this thread. [​IMG]
     

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