It’s finally time to begin the new quail sanctuary. There are no words to express my excitement so I’ll dive in with step one, post install.
We’re doing things different this time by starting from scratch. To begin we had to first clean this area by clearing trees, underbrush and rubble. This took a while and with a little determination we reached our goals which brings us to post installation.
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Post Install Tools & Materials
With any stationary quail project there’s going to be a list of necessary tools and materials. If you have access to a handy man I recommend teaming up especially if digging requires going through clay soil. You can bet Robert helped which made things move faster.
- Post hole digger
- Tape measure
- Hammer – we refer to ours as the “Thor hammer”
- 8 natural tree posts at 8 ft. each – supplement with landscaping timbers or 4 x 4’s if necessary.
Measuring the Sanctuary
Our goal is to install three 8 ft. x 24 ft. quail sanctuaries in this fenced area. These habitats will connect through tunnels so the quail can be moved every 2 weeks. This will allow me to raise chicks in stages and focus on smaller flocks. I will cover this process at a later time.
- Measure and mark off the sanctuary corners, 8 ft. distance at the ends.
- Locate each digging point for the width, ours is 24 ft. and measure 8 ft. for post walls.
- Dig eight 2 ft. deep holes for each post.
While Robert was digging holes I was gathering the tree posts and carrying to our work area.
For those really heavy ones I couldn’t carry by myself, Robert helped…
Working together isn’t always full of joy because we do things very different, but it’s teaching both of us to recognize our strength and weaknesses.
Filling in the Holes
- The next step is to secure those posts by filling the gaps with soil and using the hammer to pound it back into the ground. This pounding is really important because it stabilizes the post.
- After I finished filling in the holes we were done. They’ll settle for about a week, then I go back and check if they need additional securing.
- Cementing the posts is place is another option if the sanctuary is going to be a forever permanent structure.
Step one wasn’t difficult and it establishes the frame work for the sanctuary; this part of the project is instrumental towards the end result.
We’re incorporating raising quail naturally and gardening together, I’ve been planning this since the farm and I’m finally getting to implement all this inspiration which is exciting.
It will take several work days to accomplish, for that reason this project will be spread out over the next two or three months. In Step Two we’ll add raised beds and how to fill in the protection gaps between each post.
If you’re thinking about raising quail or getting started with these sweet little birds check out my book Quail Getting Started.