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Will my young button be ok after losing its friend?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by MotherMal13, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. MotherMal13

    MotherMal13 Songster

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    I had two buttons that i got a couple weeks ago and assumed they were just a couple days old when i got them. I found out one was a blue face and one was a silver. They had been living in a cardbord box with the sides down until a couple days ago. I had to put the sides of the box up because the blue face had started to get out of the box. The box was on the counter. This was working fine until today. I got up this morning went to feed and water them and i only saw one in their box, but assumed the other one was just hiding in some of the leaved or the boxes in their cage. But i guess this isent true when my mom got home she found the blue face dead laying on the ground. [​IMG] We have a dog and a cat but they have never wanted to hurt any of the chicks chickens bird or quail. So im thinking that it could have died from jumping out of its cage to the ground. I know this is probablly my fault for not putting something over the top of the cage. [​IMG] I feel terrible. I do have a lid on it now with my silver button in the cage, alone. [​IMG] It hasent been crying or anything but should i go back and get it a friend? Thanks.
     
  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

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    Long term, yes, I think you should get a companion for it.
     
  3. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Button quail are happiest with a companion.
     
  4. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    If you handle him alot I bet he'll bond with you. But he will need a friend sooner or later.
     
  5. quailmaster

    quailmaster In the Brooder

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    I think the best thing to do is to get a companion for it. They do better off in pairs.
     
  6. MotherMal13

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    Okay, so he'll be fine for a little while if i hold him, but i should get him a friend. Okay, thanks. [​IMG]
     
  7. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Yes - just handle him alot and let him bond with you! And then if he does he may not need a friend for awhile anyway! [​IMG]
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I've never had good luck with singleton button chicks, they seem to just wither away. For future reference, buttons can fly pretty good starting at 1 week old, for safety's sake always have them in a covered brooder.
     

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