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« on: July 30, 2009, 12:49:44 AM »

I am new to buttonquail keeping but I have learned a lot in the last couple of weeks.   I had 2 breeding trios which were set up by colors (light vs dark).  In the "dark" pen, one of the females (double factor blue face) started picking on the other female (red breasted female) who the male kept paying attention to.

I had seperated her and she is now by herself.  I was thinking of adding another male in there from a different line once I find it.  Will it be an issue if she is there by herself for a couple of months?  Do they really care?

My "light" trio is working out fine so I am wondering what the general experience is... is keeping a pair better than a trio? Can females get aggresive if a male doesnt pay attention to them or am I humanizing their behavior?

Thanks in advance for answering my questions!
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009, 07:35:15 AM »

There are members here that seem to be able to colony breed Quail all the time.

I've never had that "luck".
Every time I have more than a pair, fights happen with them.
Only time I've had luck with trios, has been with Pheasants.
Except Amherst. Had two hens go broody within a day or so of each other.
When the first hen's eggs hatched, the other one went balistic and killed the newly hatched, as well as the hen. Then continued to hatch her own.

My Reeves are the last trio I'll ever keep.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009, 10:41:58 AM »

the only trio i ever had was a trio of chukar and they killed one of the hens for no apparent reason but im going to be getting two new trios this upcoming week for the first time again so we will see how it goes

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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2009, 11:23:25 PM »

I have raised buttons in pairs, trios and in colonies.  I have had the best luck in colonies.  Right now I have about 20 birds in my main colony cage which is about 4' wide by 3' deep.  there are 3 small nest boxes in the back so the birds have a place to escape to from other birds.  For the most part they seem to be happiest in a colony even though I have read that in the wild they spend their time in pairs.  In the past I have had a couple of white hens which liked to pick on their male (in a trio cage).  I took a small pair of clippers and took off the sharp end of their beaks and that seemed to solve the problem.  Good luckm  I am sending  you a picture of my colony cage
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