I bought some buttons, and they are very scared of me. How can I tame them?
Unfortunately, with quails that are allowed to grow up "wild" (i.e. not tamed or hand-raised) they may always be uneasy around you. They are skittish nervous birds by nature, and many buttons that I had for their entire lives still were/are very nervous when I come near. The best way to try to overcome this is bribery. Buy some mealworms, and then very patiently, settle yourself down by the cage with one hand inside, holding a worm. Be perfectly still, and hold the worm out so they will be able to see it. Eventually they should become curious enough to investigate and may even take the worm from your hand right off. If not, once you are sure they have seen it, just toss it on the floor of the cage, allow them to eat it, and repeat the process. Do this as often as you have time for (but do not exceed 6 worms per day per bird) and they should become more comfortable around you very quickly, learning to eat from your hand before too long.
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