button quail are the adorable goof balls of my aviary. They
don't fly, so they reside solely on the floor of the aviary.
They require a tall enclosure, however, because when frightened,
they will hop several feet straight up in the air, flapping
their wings madly, and creating chaos in the aviary. They spend
their time pacing the aviary back and forth obsessively, scavenging
for seed and bits of food. They will walk through food dishes
and water bowls, rather than around, and sometimes slip in ceramic
food dishes sending food flying in all directions.
don't bathe in water, but instead prefer a sand bath. I provide
a dish of play sand for this purpose and they use it regularly
several times a day.
crow, kind of like a rooster. When we first got them, they got
into the habit of crowing at 3:00 am in the morning. By doing
so, they didn't endear themselves to Tom, and because of this
he won't let me ever get any new button quail, which makes me
kind of sad, because they really are characters. They outgrew
this behavior, but only after a few months.
heard that two males should never be housed together because
they will fight, but mine have never fought and are very closely
attached to each other. They follow each other around, share
food with each other, bathe together, and sleep cuddled up in
one big fluffy ball. Perhaps they get along so well because
they were brought up together and had they been introduced at
an older age, they would have had problems.
Because the quail live on the floor, they do not affect the
total bird count that the aviary can hold comfortably. They
have only caused one problem in the aviary so far: harassing
the newly fledged baby societies. Because the fledgelings could
not fly well, perhaps the quails saw them as invading their
floor space. Whatever it was, they cruelly attempted to pluck
the feathers from the babies, leaving one tailless and bleeding
before we knew they were a threat. So I would be cautious if
you are breeding finches in an environment that also houses
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