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Raising just a small number of quail for release.

Posted by admin | Raising Quail For Release | Sunday 20 January 2008 6:43 pm

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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3 Comments »

  1. Comment by Pat — December 13, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    Well written article. All too many times good intending people adopt and raise wild animals to adulthood only to release them back into the wild to face conditions that they have not been prepared for, thereby insuring certain death to the animal. It would have been better off left alone to find its place in the food chain.

  2. Comment by Celia — April 21, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    So, I would like to raise some California quail to release in my area. We live in a wooded area with a field nearby and a creek. I simply think Califonia Quail are adorable and would like to see them running around our place from time to time. What would one need to do to have this successful? We live in Western Oregon with a fairly mild climate.

  3. Comment by admin — April 28, 2012 @ 1:20 am

    This would depend on if you wanted to get into actually raising the valley quail or not. If you are just wanting to have a certain amount of quail to release. It would be better to buy young adult, flight conditioned valley quail. I you actually wanted to get into raising these quail. You would need an incubator, brooder, grow out pens and a flight conditioning pen. This would be a little expensive and time consuming for a one time venture of raising quail.

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