Two sundays ago, someone dropped off 8 bobwhites, saying they were about 3 months old. (3 males, 5 females). I'm learning as fast as I can.
I have chickens but they are pretty different!
FIrst off, I know I know I know, I shouldn't have chickens and quail. I didn't know it Sunday, and since these quail were going to be let loose to fend for themselves, and since I live in northern minnesota where the snows generally are too deep for quail survival, they still have a better shot with me. They have their own coop and run, but it was previously occupied by chickens.
Anyway, I had one male escape tonight. I dont have any near neighbors, just woods and fields. Lots of predators. It was night when he escaped, I was stupidly trying to get the group into the coop for the night because I don't trust the run at night. The group has gone in the coop every night, but maybe tonights almost full moon convinced them to stay in the run.
Anything I can do to help the quail return?
Another other question I have is feed - I found some 28% gamebird grower. Is it ok to keep them on this high a protein for awhile til the 50 pounds is gone, or should I cut it so the protein is closer to 22%? They are eating a lot of ragweed and other seed heads right now, wild grapes and raspberries. They are on ground, have grit and oystershell.
Is it too early for the oystershell for them since the hens won't lay til spring?
I would appreciate anyone's kind advice!