I recently received an email from a school teacher who started a project of raising three quail in his classroom for the students. I assumed that he started this project from incubating the quail eggs.
If done properly, I think this is a nice little project for children. They will learn the wonder of the gift of life and the responsibility required to maintain it. They will also be able to see the results of their responsibility as the quail chicks grow and their needs change.
The question the teacher asked me was, when the quail matured could they just be released? He also mentioned that they only had the three quail.
This being said, the obvious answer is no. First of all, you never want to raise quail for release without a flight conditioning pen. Quail being released without six weeks of flight conditioning, have zero chance of survival. Secondly, when raising only three quail there is not enough to form a covey. Again zero chance of survival.
So my advice to the teacher was to see if one of the children in the class would see if his or her parent’s may let them bring the quail home to raise.
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