The Dos and Donts of Button Quail EGGS: Do: -incubate for 16 days @ 100 degrees and 50% humidity -remove from turner @ 13 days Dont: -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% Dont: -forget anything in the Dos 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 Dont: -house outdoors in temperatures less than 70 degrees -play with your buttons -house on wire floors -forget anything on the Dos 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 Dont: -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.