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I got a lot of questions about how I breed my button quails, also called king quail,
naturally, in this video, I will try to answer all of them.
The tips and tricks in this video can also be used for different species of quails.
This is the perfect timing because as you could see we have some new cute little quail
chicks running around in the aviary.
More on them later in this video.
As you guys could see in previous videos this is not the first nest of this year.
The pair of quails inside the quail coop already have 3 little chicks this year.
They are growing so fast and it is already time to remove the three new females and find
a new home for them.
Mom and dad did a good job raising these beautiful ladies.
The most important tip to increase the chance that your female quail starts breeding is
to buy a naturally bred female.
Most quails available these days hatch from an incubator.
And although it is still possible to breed with them, it is much harder to get them to
Generations of incubator-raised quails cause them to lose their natural instinct to incubate
and care for their young.
Another important tip is based on their environment.
Quails need a very natural environment with lots of bushes.
Quails are prey species and therefore very skittish.
Lots of places to hide makes them feel more comfortable which in turn makes them more
likely to show breeding behavior.
Stressful quails will not breed or will stop midway.
The right food helps them to go into breeding conditions.
Proteins help to boost their libido.
By providing a scares diet in winter and increasing it during spring will let their biological
clock know it is time.
Next to regular seeds I provide more fruits and vegetables for the vitamins and mealworms
and egg food for the protein.
Mealworms are also often used by the male to give as a present, letting her know he
Be careful not to overfeed them with too much protein.
They can get too fat or the male gets too aggressive and will start harassing the female.
If the female starts incubating I stop feeding proteins or only in very small quantities
to make sure the male doesnt get too pumped up while his female is incubating.
Another benefit of the natural environment is the nesting opportunities.
Quails like to nest in very hidden spots where they will not get disturbed.
Their brown plumage helps them to not get spotted by predators.
My quail made a nest behind the waterfall this time.
It took me some while to find it.
At this nesting side, they will make a little bowl in which they lay 4 to sometimes even
They will lay them all in the same place or sometimes scattered around to prevent predators
to find their whole nest.
The quail will later roll them all together and hide them under her own body.
Providing blades of grass or straw will sometimes trigger them to build a nest and to start
This also helps to hide the nest even more and cover the eggs while the female is looking
for food or drinks.
Especially in my indoor cages, straw helped me a lot to get them to build a nest and start
After they have laid their eggs only the female will incubate the eggs.
On average they will incubate the eggs for 16-20 days before the eggs hatch.
The female will only come out to drink and eat.
During this period it is very important not to disturb the female.
After every disturbance, the female can abandon the nest.
Especially incubator female will abandon their nest very quickly.
Dont clean their cage in the vicinity of the nest and give them food and water as far
away from the nest as possible.
When the chicks hatch they are as big as a bumblebee.
Always keep an eye on them the first day to make sure the female knows what she is doing.
If she abandons the chicks get them inside under a heat lamp and raise them without their
It is not ideal but sometimes necessary.
Often the first nest of the female will not go without some hiccups but thats the same
in nature, she also has to learn.
It is amazing to see these little chicks running around with their mom and dad.
You can really see how mom is teaching them everything in this new world.
This time we have a lot of color variations, super curious what they will look like after
they get their adult plumage.
For food, I always use egg food and after a week I will add mealworms.
Make sure to kill them first before feeding them, otherwise, there is always a possibility
they will swallow them alive and that can kill the chicks.
Most often the time the mother will kill the worms for them.
The last question I often get is: Do you keep the male with the chicks?
That depends on the male.
A lot of males can be very aggressive toward both an incubating female and the chicks.
Especially if it is the first nest I would suggest separating the male at least the first
couple of days.
Then slowly introduce them to the chicks and keep a watchful eye to see how the male is
reacting to the new little creatures inside his cage.
I wasnt sure about my male inside the quail coop so I slowly introduced them after a couple
He tolerated them.
He didnt care for them but also didnt really hurt them.
The male quail I have in the aviary is a wonderful male and is really caring for the chicks and
keeping them warm.
I would suggest only continue breeding with non-aggressive males.
Hopefully, you guys can use these tips and breed some quails yourself and if you still
have any questions comment them below and I or the community will answer them.
Maybe we can turn the quail population around and have more naturally bred quails than incubator
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