We seem to be back in our rainy season. This began just about the time I was suppose to put the newest batch of bobwhite quail outdoors. Concern surfaced because the rainfall was massive leaving mud and large puddles around the farm.
We finally got a break so I decided to plant more grass in the quail sanctuary and fill in low spots. When the quail reached week 4 they headed outdoors appearing a little confused about their new environment.
A couple days later I noticed heavy rains were coming again and my level of concern began to rise. Mainly because young birds tend to pile up in bad weather which can lead to loss.
My original quail shelters lay flat on the ground and they’re great. These rains have been heavy duty and something was telling me I needed to make sure these birds could get off the ground if they wanted to.
If they weren’t so young I probably wouldn’t have been as concerned as native quail are very resourceful.
One thing I love about farm life is it forces you to think outside the box. You can’t run to the store for every little thing, especially when you need a problem solved immediately. You look at what you have available and implement a solution. This is a valuable skill I’ve learned.
The solution for this concern was to raise the shelters off the ground; this led me to a pile of warped landscaping timbers that needed a home.
I simply cut them to size, placed side by side and set the shelter box on top. Inside I laid down clean hay, something they were use to from their brooders to encourage them to hop inside.
I waited and waited….
The following morning before heading out for chores, I took a deep breath prior to walking into the quail sanctuary; you never know what you might run into after heavy rainfall.
I discovered smart quail comfy in the shelter boxes lifted off the ground. We have success and another problem solved. This solution is moved about every three days so the grass can repair, by moving it keeps fire ants from appearing as those buggers transpire everywhere after it rains.
I implemented this solution on the other side of the farm for the coturnix quail. They seem less interested with what I’ve come up; I used 2 x 4’s instead of landscaping timbers. The coturnix love the ground coaxing them to do anything else can be difficult once their full grown.
This concept will also work great if we get snow during the winter months. The quail shelter boxes are are easy to build for mobile or stationary housing. These shelters are an added perk when you’re raising quail naturally, outdoors on the ground. If you’re using a mobile coop you can simply cover the whole coop with a heavy plastic tarp until the rain stops.