Little Quail & Marbles in the Water Dish

We Finally Have Quail.

Everything was set, this meant it was time to get our quail.  I was excited and the drive to the quail farm was amazing.  I had never been in this area; it was beautiful country where folks fish for the fun of it. I love Texas because it’s so different everywhere you go.

My son went with me and when we finally arrived we were greeted by a very nice gentleman. I had talked to him on the phone several times to arrange this purchase; it was a pleasure to meet and see his set up.  I was given the grand tour, from the incubation process, brooding and where the birds live.

He raises his quail in cages indoors and his birds were awesome, very healthy and active.  I always enjoy meeting new people and taking the time to visit a little. Sometimes I think we’re in such a big hurry that we forget to slow down and really listen to others.

Learning is fantastic and he shared some great tips.  One that I wanted to mention involves the water dishes.  This was especially important because I decided to get little chicks that were under a week old.

Marble Tip

Make sure to add marbles or pebbles to the rim of all quail water dishes when they’re little. Otherwise they’ll drown! Quail are incredibly small and like most birds they don’t have common sense or mom to guide them from danger.The marbles also help balance the water dish so it’s less tipsy.  When raising other types of chicks I always had issues with the water dish flooding the brooder.


Where I got the Marbles

On our way home we stopped at a feed store.  I kept telling my son; don’t let me forget I need to buy marbles.  We had a jar of marbles at home but they use to be my brothers and now my sons.  They sit on a shelf in his room as a memory as he’s no longer with us.

While I was at the feed store I ask the nice lady, “You wouldn’t happen to sell marbles?”  She paused for a moment and said I might.

I was expecting a clear bag like you get at the craft store but she brings out this jar of colored marbles.  I stopped for a minute, thought of my brother and said to myself, I finally have my own jar of marbles.

Because of the presentation I was thinking they wouldn’t be for sale, I was wrong for $5.99 they were mine.  I felt like a kid in a candy store.  So when I’m not using these marbles to keep my quail safe they sit on my desk to remind me of a pretty neat day.

 I’m excited to finally have quail, it’s now time to learn and implement the ideas that have transpired through my reading.  I actually found very little information about raising quail on the ground, most was rather negative.So buckle up, I’m going to share how to raise quail naturally on the ground through hands on experience.

What do Quail Chicks and Marbles have in common?


  1. we looking around right now for quails :/ it is hard to find them here ….. thanks for this hints 😀

    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by! I'm loving these little quail very docile compared to baby chick chickens.

  2. They are so cute! Thanks for the great info. and for linking to TTF!

    1. Thanks! They are pretty cute – looking forward to when they go outside. -Carole

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