Protective Border for Raising Quail

Protective Quail Border

Filling in low areas outside the quail sanctuary is always necessary and ongoing especially if you have clay soil. This is true even if you established your sanctuary on the highest property level because soil tends to almost shrink when it doesn’t receive water.

This brings us to Friday where I spent the day in the creek with my shovel and wheel barrow digging dirt.  We had a huge run off from the farm fields last winter so we use the excess to fill in low areas.

Summer and fall are the perfect time to do this because the creek is empty.

Remove Dirt From Creek

Filling in low Spots with Creek Dirt

This time around the dirt was used to fill in around the exterior of the quail sanctuary because the ground was uneven.  We had already taken care of the interior several months ago and even though most of it has packed down it’s in pretty good shape ready for new seed.

I lost count how many dirt loads traveled from the creek to the sanctuary but I was on a roll.  Moving dirt lasted for an hour then I took a 30-minute break and this went on the entire day.  It felt so great to be outside working on a project that was moving forward.

During the process I started thinking about my quail sanctuaries at the farm and how sometimes Dixie would try to dig at the edges when I wasn’t looking.

Over time low spots appeared because clay soil shifts, while I was busy doing chores she would sniff out these low areas and many times dig thinking I wasn’t paying attention.

Border with tree logs

Adding Tree Logs for Border

This is when a pile of tree logs caught my attention and minutes later I decided to use them as a border.  This felt like another project but the dirt could be brought up higher without washing away before I get grass planted which made it a good idea.

For a moment planting flowers was appealing but I just don’t have the time to care for those details right now.

To implement this same concept for your quail sanctuary or even chicken run you could line the border with the following materials.

  • Landscaping timbers
  • 4 x 4’s or railroad ties
  • Rocks or brick

Landscaping timbers and 4 x 4’s could be secured with rebar stakes and once the border was filled you have the option to plant anything, add mulch, crushed gravel or just keep it simple and plant grass.

With grass maintaining is a matter of using the weed eater for a quick trim.

Quail Border Close up

Good Training Addition for Guard dogs

This border will also help retrain Dixie or basically help her remember that chickens and quail belong.  She’s maturing into her golden years so her get up and go isn’t what it used to be which means we’ll be adding a new dog soon.

Dixie can help teach it the ropes and take longer breaks because hound dogs love their breaks.

If you have dogs this boarder is a great boundary training point, making it easier for dogs to understand the “NO ZONE.”

Protective Quail Border

If you’re planning a quail sanctuary this protective border tip may help detour some frustrations when raising animals on a homestead.  I’m a believer there is a simple solution to most issues but sometimes you have to think outside the box to problem solve.

With this border I no longer have to be concerned with gaps at the base of the sanctuary.

There are so many challenges when working the land and lately I’ve been getting a lot of comments and emails about snakes and rodents.  Read about quail and snakes here and I plan to address rodents very soon.

Until then have a great day everyone because I’m off to go buy some baby chicks.

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  1. Patti says:

    Your quail sanctuary is looking so beautiful. I really enjoy following along and learning about how you are growing in your new space. Enjoy your new chicks and I’ll be watching for a new puppy soon.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Patti and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the process. I had another idea that I will unfold hoping by the end of the month that will compliment that border. It’s funny how one thing leads to another. Yes I have to figure out where I’m going to find one because I don’t want a chipped dog which detours the pound option.

  2. Good call (and good use) of the logs. We had to go to hardware wire to prevent any future snake attacks.

    It’s always something.

    1. Carole says:

      I agree always something and weird thing I never had issues with snakes regarding our chickens or quail. I think it’s because we had so many guard animals, like the llama, emus and of course the dogs. So if you have a lead on a German Shepard mix pup let me know. Skipping the shelter option because I don’t want it chipped.

  3. daisy says:

    It is looking so great! I love how you use what is already on the property!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Daisy – it is coming together and I feel like we’re finally getting somewhere.

  4. I thought I saw somewhere that you have chicks? Are they in their home yet?

    1. Carole says:

      I do and posted them on Instagram. Beginning Sunday I’ll have them outdoors in the quail run to test this space for me and help retrain my dog. Then say by the end of September they’ll be out of there free ranging and quail will arrive. Excited!! I got 5 Araucana pullets they already have their wing feathers.

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