The quail sanctuary is finished, can you believe it? This task involved several months and I love to say it was like an adventure but the reality is it felt more like a journey, a very long journey…
There were many breaks as the months went on and then last week a cold front swept through; what a neat surprise!
So, Robert and I decided now was the time to complete the quail sanctuary.
Let’s take a look at this journey just in case you missed it.
Choosing the Location
This takes us to last October while scoping a sanctuary space. The perfect spot surfaced after some clearing and months later in the middle of winter we installed posts, Robert cut the trees, dug 2 ft. holes and I installed.
This space was a good pick and it will be neat for Quail Grove residents as they drive by. You can’t really see the sanctuary from the County Road but once you’re on the private road the opportunity to take a peak when driving by will be a little perk.
Going with a Natural Look
Deciding to go with a natural look involved using tree posts. I love the look but what a pain and part of the reason finishing took so much time. With all that being said, it does fit perfectly so my vision was spot on.
About a month later raised beds were installed because this time around we’re raising quail in a garden atmosphere.
Things started to take shape so the next gradual step was to frame in the sanctuary with 2 x 4’s. This was in April after a lot of rain and clean up from a very cold winter.
Focusing on the Garden Element
From there it seemed like we had some momentum, the clock was ticking and we had many additional things going on. One being a lack of focus on my part.
I planted the raised beds late only to find out later we needed to remove more trees to bring in additional light. After clearing for more light, the garden took off so the next step was to add chicken wire.
Then in June I found myself waiting for the right moment or burst of energy to close in the sanctuary.
I kept putting it off and before long July arrived with 100-degree temperatures. This is when I realized it could be fall before this sanctuary would be completed. I felt like a failure and got pretty down about my lack of focus.
Then I remembered that every Texas summer between July and August there is always a cool front. Sometimes it can last a single day. other times it may linger for several. This year it came last week and it lasted through Thursday.
When I say cool that means morning temperatures in the 70’s and afternoons in the low 90’s. It was Amazing!
Finish the Quail Sanctuary
We decided to finish the quail sanctuary and each morning we closed in one section at a time. When Thursday arrived the quail, habitat was done and I spent that morning staining.
It looks great and I’m so glad we went with an 8 ft. x 24 ft. space because this will be easy to manage and still allow for opportunity to learn more as I raise bobwhites in a garden setting.
Before we bring in bobwhite quail we’ll test this sanctuary with a few baby chicks and a couple keets. (Chickens and Guineas)
We need to reintroduce Dixie to her duties and make sure this space is ready for quail. Once these birds are fully feathered they’ll transition into free range birds and house in their own chicken coop at night. This should be 2 months or less.
This will also give me time to fill in the low spots around the exterior and hopefully get grass planted in September. So, the process continues and next spring the sound of quail will be present at Quail Grove.
For my quail readers, the fun has just begun and you can expect a whole new series that begins with raising quail and gardening together.
If you’re thinking about quail for your homestead then I’m your gal. I’ve been raising quail since the beginning of Garden Up Green in a natural environment with great success.
I wrote the book, Quail Getting Started for beginners and you’ll find an assortment of articles about quail right here on the blog. So, buckle up because I’m bringing this experience to a whole new level of amazing.