CHINESE BUTTON QUAIL
Button quail are prone to panicky flight at the least possible disturbance. Often, the young birds will take off straight up for no apparent reason. If they are not completely familiar with their cage or aviary, they are likely to skin or damage their heads severely. Also, it is unwise to keep two or more males together unless they have been raised together. Even brothers may become vicious antagonists when they come into breeding condition. Males fighting over hens and territory may easily kill each other. Without the constant care and attention, you will have at least one bird with permanent injuries from a badly pecked and skinned head. Because button quail have the tendency to panic at any provocation, when you move them from one location to another, you should carry them in an enclosed container with air holes. This will reduce the cause for panic as they travel, and they will be less likely to arrive at their destination with skinned heads. Button quail do not bathe in water; they prefer a dust bath. Give them a flat pan of dry, fine sand, and they will dive in instantly. If you feed them a dry, crumbled food, they are likely to scatter it all over as a dust bath, also.
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