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Quails are the goofy little birds that run around the bottom of an aviary, fuss around in the sand and nestle quietly together into the corners. Whilst other birds enjoy the middle and upper areas of the cage, these birds prefer to keep their feet on the ground, enhancing an aviary by providing interest at the lower levels.
Occasional cock-feathered hens appear: This is not a mutation as such, but one of a few conditions which has affected normal hormonal balances. It is most often seen when a hen has an ovarian cyst, or growth. They usually stop laying eggs, but can live for a number of years happily just looking like a male. In one case silver hen was kept for many years by herself, moulted into cock plumage, & laid only extremely pale green shelled eggs for a few seasons before passing old age.
There are already several links on this board regarding this. You can look here to see what I use. I also use this one pictured below as either a juvenile brooder or as an introduction cage...
You'll see several postings on this. These birds love their sand baths. You can place a tub of sand in their habitat and they will roll around frolicking, and it's quite entertaining to watch.
If you notice your hen not laying eggs, it may be due to either diet or lack of sunlight hours. If the male is crowing incessantly, this may be due to stress either from inadequate room temperature (too hot, too cold) or from another pet disturbing its habitat (dog or cat intrusion). If you keep them in a cage, you can also try covering the cage at night to reduce the crowing.
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If the bird appears listless and is unable to go to the toilet without a jerky tail movement or discomfort, he may be constipated. Add more greens to the diet and allow more exercise. Loose droppings or diarrhea is often evident by wet or soiled feathers around the bird’s vent and loose droppings on the floor. Where this is the case, withhold green foods for a few days and feed him only on seed.
Baby King quail can drown in the water bowl. To minimize the risk of the young drowning, a shallow container/bowl/dish can replace the usual parrot or finch water utensil. Small pebbles or small clean rocks can be placed in the shallow water bowl to help reduce the risk of a young quail drowning.
Quails need plenty of access to clean water in a shallow dish but be careful not to place the dish under a perch that may be higher up to avoid other birds from defecating in it. If there are chicks in the aviary place some clean pebbles or stones in the bowl to give them a safe spot and to prevent them from drowning.
I would probably google search "button quail" as "king quail" is not the common term used in the pet trade.
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A terrestrial biome found in temperate latitudes (>23.5° N or S latitude). Vegetation is made up mostly of grasses, the height and species diversity of which depend largely on the amount of moisture available. Fire and grazing are important in the long-term maintenance of grasslands.
With Coturnix quail, the opposite approach is used since the hens do the incubating of the eggs. The male bird is removed once the female has definitely started her incubation duties.
King Quail appear to stay in much the same area all year round.
FOOD AND WATER A good quality finch or small parrot mix provides just about everything that quail need but they do also enjoy insects, some vegetables, seeding grass and pre-mix soft foods.
I find it easier to house them in aquariums. Remember to have one square foot of space per bird on the floor.
reproduction in which eggs are released by the female; development of offspring occurs outside the mother's body.
Baldness and feather plucking can sometimes be caused by mite which can be treated though all perches and furniture in the aviary should also be cleaned, disinfected or swapped at the same time. Mite treatments are available at Better Pets and Gardens which will help to control the problem.
King Quail are found in tropical and temperate shrublands and grasslands, towards coastal areas. They occur in very dense ground vegetation, such as grass, shrubs, ferns, herbs, at damp or swampy sites.
In the wild, the diet of king quails consists of small bugs, seed and various grasses that are available at the time.
Quail can be kept in the same aviary as finches, canaries, pigeons and most small docile parrots, including budgies but care should be taken with Lovebirds that may attack them.
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BREEDING Breeding groups of quail should be made up of one species only, usually one male and two females in each aviary. Having too many males in a cage will cause fighting and unsuccessful mating.
King Quail mainly eat grass seeds and green leaf blades but also eat adult and larval insects. They mostly feed during the day but also on moonlit nights. They forage on the ground in grasslands.
King quail have a big appetite for live foods and will often out compete other birds for their fair share. Finches will benefit from a separate supply well out of the reach of the quail.
that region of the Earth between 23.5 degrees North and 60 degrees North (between the Tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle) and between 23.5 degrees South and 60 degrees South (between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle).
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Quail that are noisy, especially in the morning, should be housed in an aviary most distant away from neighbours.
The king quail (Excalfactoria chinensis), also known as the blue-breasted quail, Asian blue quail, button quail, Chinese painted quail, or Chung-Chi, is a species of Old World quail in the family Phasianidae. This species is the smallest "true quail" and is quite common in aviculture worldwide. In the wild they range from southeastern Asia to Oceania with 10 different subspecies.
Quail do not like their nests to be inspected and many will go to a lot of trouble to make the nest private so it is best to avoid this at least until after the first week of incubation. A nervous bird may panic and fly erratically, possibly causing injury or death and probably the loss of the clutch of eggs as well.
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Clutch size varies anywhere from 5 to 13 eggs. Before incubation starts all the eggs composing the clutch will be laid. In captivity, if the female lays too many eggs, they should be taken, as after about 10 days they go cold and die. In captivity, the ideal number of eggs in a clutch is 6 to 8. The chicks hatch after about 19 days.
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the region of the earth that surrounds the equator, from 23.5 degrees north to 23.5 degrees south.
The incubation period will last between 14 and 21 days depending on the breed. When the babies hatch they are fast to get on their feet and run around the aviary. To feed, the Coturnix hen will call the young to her and drop food in front of them which they will pick up. For the Button quail, the male will supply food from his beak into the baby’s beak up until about 24 days after which they become independent but this feeding regime makes Button quail difficult to hand raise and incubate.