Do you not think it would be ok to let them out in the spring? I have them in my room and i am keeping them there till it warms up.Samuri, they are NOT outside birds. They are meant to be inside. Especially during the winter. They cannot survive the winter and will die... Now if you have a mild winter.....
I do hope you're prepared for the bonk factor...
Christin, those pics were when they hatched.
As for how many BQ's I have... Hehehe. I have more than 29, that's for sure.
Took a look at those links.
2nd link: They forgot a few details. Like the fact that a lot of Button quail have been bred so many times that they WILL NOT hatch their own eggs. Too domesticated, that's what they say.
I thought the first link was the most helpful, though they left out the bit about winter.
IF you have to have them in with your pigeons, they should have their own enclosure. You should also be prepared to change it every other day or every day (depending on the size of it). They are naturally born fliers and will bonk their heads (thus the reason for the bonk factor). Have a soft top (I use a bunch of old screen doors that have been refitted for tops) so that they won't get a twisted neck or bloody head.
One time when we had to deal with rats in the Grainery (nasty buggers, OI) and the original BQ were down there (in a 4 foot wide by 2 foot tall terarium) they began singing. Scared the crap outta me the first time I heard it. They sing LOUD. Think Guinea Pigs only louder. Rats are sneaky critters. Especially when they get around the stinkin concrete floors. Grrr. But that's what you get when you convert a 200 year old grainery I guess.
If you want to annoy your neighbors, get some Chinese geese. LOL.