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Button Quail

From: $8.50

Class and Order: Avis and Turnicidae

Family and Genus: Charadiformes and Turnix

Country of Origin: China

​Bird Size: Extra Small .5 ounces to 1.5 ounces

Comb Type: n/a

Primary Use: ornamental, pets, and aviary or greenhouse clean up

Egg Production: excellent

Egg Size: extra small

Egg Color: shades of green

​Hardiness: good, prefer warm climates and/or warm area to live

Temperament: flighty

Environment Type: cage or aviary

Livestock Conservation Status: n/a

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SKU: button-quail Category: Product ID: 20701

Button Quail

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12 Fertile Eggs
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Button Quail

Button quail , King Quail or Chinese Blue Painted Quail are a great addition to your home or farm. Button quail are easy to care for, take up minimal space lay beautiful colored eggs and are a pleasure to observe. They are the smallest quail of the quail family and are popular for aviaries and caged birds. Button quail are known for their small size, with adults measuring around 3-4 inches in length and weighing between 88 ounces to 1.5 ounces. They have a round, plump body, short tail, and a small, curved beak. Their plumage is a mix of different colors, including brown, gray, black, and white, with intricate patterns that vary between male and female birds. We call them “observational pets.” These are birds that you really can’t hold but observe more. In general, Button Quail are raised for sheer pleasure. They do lay about one egg every other day, and they do grow fast, but the tiny size of both the eggs and bird don’t make them very useful as production birds. They are quiet birds, eat very little, and are very pleasant to have in the home. The noises they make are truly endearing. Button Quail are one of the most popular quails in aviculture. They are also quite commonly kept as pets. Their small size and bright coloration make them very attractive to pet bird owners, who often incorporate button quail into cages with other birds like finches or parakeets. The Button Quail roam the floor of the cage and clean up spilled food from the perching birds above. Button quail are social birds and enjoy the company of other birds. It’s best to keep them in pairs or small groups of up to five birds of the same sex to prevent aggressive behavior. It’s also important to introduce new birds slowly and monitor their interactions to prevent fighting.

Button Quail at Sugar Feather Farm can be the following color variations:

  • Normal Wild type
  • Silver
  • Red Breasted
  • White
  • Cinnamon
  • Blue Face

There is no selecting colors for orders, all orders will include any color variations, none are guaranteed. Button quail eggs take 17 days to hatch and newborns are very fragile. We recommend having all the necessary supplies needed for rearing and do your research. If you are new to Button Quail and not sure where to start, we recommend having a consult with the Fowl Guru to help you understand their specific needs and requirements.

Housing and temperatures: Button quail require a suitable living environment that provides them with adequate space, ventilation, and shelter. A cage or enclosure should provide enough room for the birds to move around freely, we suggest 1 sqft a bird. We don’t recommend wired flooring; Button Quail need a solid floor. The floor should be covered with a soft bedding material, such as straw, wood shavings, or sand, you can add in natural items from outside like leaves pine needles, plants. You can provide branches and other natural items for stimulation. The cage should also have a covered area for the birds to retreat to when they feel stressed or want to lay eggs. These are high-strung birds.  They do well in mild temperatures around 70%. Ideal temperatures for rearing and keeping is between 85%-40%. They don’t do well with temperature fluctuations and wet conditions.

Diet: A good feed ration is essential with Button Quail. because of their tiny size, they need to receive all their nutrition in a complete feed. They need a high protein feed which is generally 28% to 30%, we highly recommend Sugar Feather Farm Gamebird Starter. The feed is already ground up and provides all the essential nutrients for a healthy bird. In addition, Button quail are omnivores and require a varied diet that includes vegetables, fruits and insects such as mealworms and grasses.  You can also offer small amounts of chopped cooked egg. We like taking their eggs, boiling them and chopping it up and giving it right back, a free protein and calcium source! Fresh water should be available at all times.


Button quail, also known as Chinese painted quail or King quail, are small, ground-dwelling birds that belong to the family Phasianidae. These birds are found in different parts of the world, including Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Pacific islands. These birds are technically not quail at all but hemipodes. There is a very long history as to why and the evolution.

It is believed that Button Quail were introduced to the US during World War I. American soldiers, upon seeing them kept as pets in Europe, compared the newly hatched chicks to the size of their buttons on their coats. that along with their unique personalities coined them the nickname “Button Quail”. It is also suggested that the frase “cute as a button” came from the newborn chicks which are a size of a button.

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