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twos or threes: which is best?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by fqbest, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. fqbest

    fqbest New Egg

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    i've read on forums that button quails are good in threes, but have also read that a couple can chase out a third.

    anyone have any opinion either way?

    i have three button quail, one male, two girls. the male and one of the girls are only 5 weeks old, and the other is roughly two/three months.
    they're together for now and seem to be getting along fine, albeit slight pecking (and i mean very slight, occasional) on the smaller girl from the older. i'd just like a little bit of a heads up if this pecking is going to significantly increase as the smaller birds reach maturity!

    thanks!
     
  2. MrNappy

    MrNappy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2012
    Ajax, Ontario
    I have one male and 3 females they are doing fine. When i had them in lockdown (less than 14 hours) the white's (2 female) used to fight. Now they are getting along fine but have trouble laying, (one white does) soon they will get over it as they are new layers.

    If you keep them together from the start its much easier than putting a new one in.

    Im still a newbie but what i would suggest, as i have read this before, is to clean out your whole cage (new food, water, bedding, flooring) and put the new one in first. For about an hour or so, let her get comfortable, and then put the other 2 in.

    Hope this helps. [​IMG]

    P.S. Any one else can correct me if they may, as i'm a newbie.
     
  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    Only keep in pairs.

    While they are young and just starting to lay they can live in groups. But once a male chooses his mate that pair will attack the other birds

    They will often do a lot more than chase them, they will pack at their heads and can scalp and kill the other birds.

    Breeding results are better, and the hen will more likely go broody in pairs.

    People can keep groups together, even with several males, only if they have a huge aviary outdoors with lots of plants and ground cover.

    In a cage or indoor set up I recommend ONLY pairs.
     
  4. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Jak. Single pairs are the best with buttons.
     

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