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Date Posted: 19:03:48 08/07/08 Thu
Author: Ursula
Author Host/IP: 98.192.76.68
Subject: Re: Button quail pictures
In reply to: Rhonda 's message, "Re: Button quail pictures" on 13:18:47 08/07/08 Thu

I agree with Rhonda, I wouldn't do that either.

It's pretty interesting that my 2 button mothers and fathers currently don't care how many and which babies they care for, the babies of the 2 couples are always mixing and matching. You might see one pair with 2 kids, the other with 6, then half an hour later they are divided half and half. They always run to the adults who's next to them and get protected and cared for. However, on another button forum (on yahoo) someone told me that doves and chickens would do the same thing; as long as they have sat on eggs and hatched babies recently they have the parent instinct. I guess I was just lucky that my 2 hens started sitting at about the same time, and that the chicks hatched just 2 days apart. That's why all adults are "in the mood" to care for chicks. I will keep my eye on the males when the chicks get older though, I hope they'll be ok. Right now the males care just as much for the babies as the females do.

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