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Date Posted: 20:31:03 07/07/09 Tue
Author: Bella
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Subject: Button Quail Body Language?

Hi everyone, I have a question I'm hoping someone would be able to help me answer because I'm clueless :)

I have a single somewhat tame hen and when she sees me, she squats, turns her head to the side, and makes the peep-peep-peep sounds. I've seen this in videos of button quails mating, so I assume it's a sign that she trusts me/my hands to allow herself to be so vulnerable, right? When she does that, I can scratch her chin and she totally enjoys it.

The thing I'm stumped about, however, is whenever I put my hand in her cage, she puffs up, sometimes spreads her wings open, and then usually comes closer to my hand. What does this mean? This has happened a few times and I only realized it when I was taking my hand out, so not sure if that's a sign of trust or aggression?


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