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How To Keep Button Quail as pets

button quail as pet
Written by Ukwadia Matthew

Buttons are the smallest quails, and they grow to about 4 to 5 inches long head to tail. They are native of southeast Asia, Australia, and India. Button Quails are also known as the Chinese blue-breasted quails. They have a short life span; however, if they are well-taken off and fed properly, they could live for 7-years or even more.

Female buttons can lay one egg each day. These eggs are laid by the females depending on the hours of being exposed to sunlight. The longer the time, the more eggs she can lay. The male button quails are more colorful than the female quails.

They are smaller than chickens, and they are birds that make great pets. They are the right choice if you wish to add them to your chickens. If you are looking for a unique pet with great qualities, then the button quails will be a great choice.

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Gender Identification:

The hen of button quails is a bit plumper and larger than the male. The hen can average 5 inches in length, while the male button quails can average about 4.5 inches long.

Keeping Button Quails as Pets

Button Quails can are great pets. If you intend to add them to your pet, then you need to know how they function as pets. Adding them to some species of chickens can be challenging, as some species of chickens can be aggressive or maybe quite docile. You should think about how your quail will adapt to this kind of behavior. They need to be kept with non-aggressive birds.

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Button quails are quite hard to tame if you didn’t get them at a young age; we will advise you to get the hatching eggs and raise them yourself. If they are imprinted on you, they will always like to follow you around like dogs. To imprint them, you need to be there when they hatch, so you will be the first thing they ever see.

If they are following you around, ensure you do not step on them. Do not keep male button quails together, and they can get aggressive towards each other if they have a mate and would fight and possibly kill each other.

Unlike chickens that require large coop or lots of space, quails can be kept in a fairly small cage and do well. Small apartment dwellers can easily keep a few button quails as pets and enjoy listening to their pleasant cricket-chirping noises and watching their antics.

Button quails are odor-free, quiet, do not bite, require only minimal care, and rarely tend to trigger any form of allergies. Aside from their distinctive, loud chirp noises, Button quails make great pets

Where Should You House Your Quail?

Since quails are predominantly ground dwellers, they need plenty of space to run around. Ensure you don’t overpopulate an aviary/cage. Generally, one pair of quail should be kept in an aviary of 2 meters long and 1.5 meters wide.

A lot of people usually keep their pet button quails at the bottom of an aviary, well, this is fine as long the aviary is not overpopulated, and the birds’ dropping is cleaned out often.

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When building their aviary, the floor must not be built with wire, and instead, you should use cedar or pine shaving because quails feet are made for walking and not for perching.

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When building a house for your quail, ensure that the temperature doesn’t exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Quails respond very well to sudden temperature changes. During the winter seasons, we advise you to have an indoor foraging area to keep them safe. As the shock of transitioning from a warm temperature to the sudden cold of the outside might injure them.

Button Quails are easily startled and can be very shy. They tend to be much happier if they have lots of spaces to run around and places to hide. You need to add extra options to their cage. However, quails can also be kept in an aquarium. Silk and plastic plants can make good hiding places and can be much easier to maintain.

In order to prevent them from escaping whenever you enter into the habitat, you might consider having two doors.

If the aviary floor is concrete, do not make newspaper to cover it, as it will get soaked quickly. To mimic a forest floor, you can cover the floor with layers of clean and dry sand, spread dry grasses and leaves over it.

If you choose to go with the traditional cage as an option, select the one with sufficient space, and the inner top of the cage should be padded to prevent injuries. Button quails instinct might tell them to fly straight up to escape from the cage, thereby causing them injuries. So button quail cage needs to be protected by wiring some piece of foam to the inner top part.

Also, using this traditional cage, you can place a piece of the tray under to collect their droppings, their dropping is small semi-solid lumps.

Care needs to be taken, especially if there are baby quails in the cage. They can fall out from the tiny holes, so you must check for gaps around the door, or floor on the cage and then add a second barrier if necessary. If the aviary is huge, restrict the babies to a part of the cage so they don’t get stuck, fall, or lost.

Food and water

These birds obviously need access to food and water at all times. Button quails are genuinely omnivorous, requiring vegetables, animals, and Minerals to be healthy. They feed on both plants and insects.

They require animals for protein, minerals, and vegetables to be healthy. To feed pet button quails, supply them with high-quality bird mixes. Supplement their diets with green vegetables such as apple, cucumber slices, spinach, and kale. They will also require live food such as maggots (fly larvae), crickets, and mealworms; you can get them at your local pet stores.

button quail as pet

They need protein to grow healthy, and you can also offer them cooked eggs and cooked beans. Do not give them more than 5 or 6 mealworms per day as they are high in fat.

Never feed your pet button quails any outdoor bugs, as they have been exposed to pollution, pesticides, and other germs that wouldn’t be healthy in their systems.

Also, provide your pets with grit, as it helps them for easy digestion. They do not even need grit unless you feed them seeds. Grit is also important in your pet quail hygiene.

How To Groom Pet Button Quail?

To Groom, your pet button quail is not compulsory, but to make them look good and clean, you can groom their feathers during hot seasons. You can groom them by yourself or take them to experts.

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To risk them fighting and injuring themselves, you will need to get their nails trimmed regularly by a professional because they rely on their nails. For dust bathing, add chinchilla dust to a shallow bowl large enough for them to sit in.

How To Handle a Quail

A Button quail that hasn’t gotten familiar with you or know you will never allow you to handle them. This is why we recommend adopting them very young so they can know you and be familiar with humans. Adult quails that have not been handled or carried by humans will never allow you to touch them.

You need to handle your pet quails carefully, so they will not slip from your hand and die. If you can pick up one, ensure you hold it by cupping or cradling its body tight to keep it safe from not falling

How Do I Know My Pet Quail Is In Good Health?

Knowing when your pet button quail is healthy is not hard. If they are active, alert, friendly, you should they are well.

Also, if they are drinking and eating very well, as usual, you should know they are in good health. Other signs that they are healthy are having dry nares and dry eyes, not sleeping excessively, and  their feather smooth and not looking puffed-up

How To Know When Your Pet Quail is Not Healthy

  • loss of appetite
  • fluffed, plucked, or soiled feathers
  • beak swelling or accumulations
  • sitting on the floor of the habitat
  • runny or discolored stools
  • wheezing or coughing
  • eye or nasal discharge
  • favoring one foot
  • red or swollen eyes

Common Health Issues

  • Lice or feather mites
  • Diarrhea
  • Avian pox

*Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms/signs above

BREEDING

Button quails breeding usually involves one male and two females in a cage or aviary. Having more than one male will lead to aggressive behavior and fighting.

A clutch consists of 5 to 13 eggs. If in captivity, the hen lay too many eggs, the oldest eggs should be taken out, as after about 10 days, they can get cold and die.

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The more eggs laid by a quail hen, the slimmer the chances of hatching all; 5 to 8 number of eggs in a clutch is okay. Both male and female button quail can work together in incubating the eggs. Male buttons, in most cases, solely undertake the incubation processes.

The incubation period will last between 19 and 21 days. When the babies are hatched, they are fast to stand on their feet and move around the cage/aviary. The baby quails hatched look similar to chicken chicks, but they are smaller in size.

If the male button is in the cage before the hatching, the male will likely supply food to the chicks from his beak to their beak until they are fully independent.

Where To Get Pet Button Quail

A lot of people have been wondering where they can get “Button quail eggs for sale or button quail chicks for sale.” If you intend to keep button quail as pets, you can order for the hatching eggs and hatching out chickens; however, this will require specialized equipment such a brooder, an incubator, and so on.

If you are searching for where to get your pet quail or eggs, the best place to check around will be a local farm store close to you. Also, lots of companies or breeder you will find on the Internet can ship to you a few live quails and color of your choice.

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Tips On How To Keep Your Button Quails Safe If They Are Outside

Quails are happier when they are out of their cage, as they have large space to roam about and play. However, to be on the safe side, follow these rules below:

  1. Ensure all other big pets are locked in. Pets like dogs and cats can look harmless. But sighting a button quail, it might seem like a tasty treat. Never let them out if other pets are around.
  2. Keep all windows and doors closed. Button quails are known to be a frightened animal. They tend to get scared quickly, and when you let them loose, if they are scared, they can fly out of the window or door and land on somewhere that can cause them injury or even they can get lost.
  3. Keep all environment clean and out of toxins/danger. Before letting your pet out of the cage, ensure of all of the poisons such rat poison, insecticide, pesticide, solvents, mousetrap, or perhaps anything that can cause them illness or death is removed. They love to stick their beck in anything they encounter, so you need to remove these dangers.
  4. Close all water sources & holes. Cover your fish tank, any open water reservoir before you let them out. They can not swim and can drown and die. Ensure no deep hole is left uncovered.
  5. Watch out for the Ceiling Fans. Quails are known to be easily scared of anything, and if your fan is on, it can cause danger. Because they are ground dwellers doesn’t mean they cannot fly; if they feel unsafe or threatened, they can fly to the ceiling, and if your fan is on, that’s death.
  6. Be careful when opening & closing doors. They are tiny when closing the doors be watchful as you can mistakenly hit them with your door. They can be attempting to pass through the small opening in the door or window, and if you are not watching, you can get their head smashed.
  7. Switch off every heating element. Protect the fireplace, keep all cooking gas and stove off, and other hot appliances off, anytime you are about to release them. They can jump into these fire and cause them death.

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Button Quail Facts.

  • Button quail can fly but only when necessary
  • Females are more strongly patterned and larger than males
  • Males are much less vocal
  • Females can mate with different males in a single season
  • Dust bath help Buttons to get rid of parasite and dirt
  • A group of quail is called a bevy, flock, or a covey
  • Female button quails are the ones who initiate courtship
  • Female Button can be identified at close range because they lack the hind toe.
  • Do not keep more than one male together in a single cage with a female
  • When a male is kept alone without a female, he may crow constantly
  • They live healthily and well when they are in pair

Conclusion: Keeping Button Quail as pets

They make a great pet, and if you live in a small apartment and you think your neighbors are okay with their noises, you should consider getting yourself one. If you enjoy our article, why not share with your friends who might be interested in adopting button quail as pets.

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Ukwadia Matthew

I am Ukwadia Matthew. Pets and Lifestock Blogger and Author. I have a Farm where I get lots of inspirations from!!!