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 which led to a bit of concern because the rainfall has been 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 which made me realize the sooner you can get them outdoors the better.
A couple days later I noticed heavy rains in the forecast and my level of concern began to rise. Mainly because young birds tend to pile up in bad weather which can lead to a heavy 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 the birds could get off the ground if they desired.
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 one to think outside the box. You can’t run to the store for every little thing and the stores don’t always have hold the solutions especially when you need a problem solved immediately.
You look at what you have available and implement, this is a valuable skill I’ve learned and I have to say it’s pretty energizing.
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 took those timbers and simply cut them to size, placed side by side and set the shelter box on top.
Inside I filled the floor with 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 because after heavy rains you never know what you might find.
I discovered smart quail comfy in their 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 bug surface everywhere after it rains.
I implemented this solution on the other side of the farm for the coturnix quail and to be honest they seem less interested.
I used 2 x 4’s instead of landscaping timbers so perhaps they just didn’t get it. The coturnix love the ground coaxing them to do anything else can be difficult once their full grown.
These shelters are an added perk when you’re raising quail naturally 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, this will protect and help keep them dry.
This quail journey has been nothing more than amazing.