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loner quail won't join flock in coop at night

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One female bobwhite quail has a tendancy to leave the coop at dusk and ends up staying out in the run all night. The quail have a tendancy to go in and out of the coop and finally settle down.  One quail, who tends to be a loner, stays out too long and ends up not making it into the coop - I think because the coop is in a slighly darker spot and she stays in the corner of the run that still has a little light from the setting sun.  If I am not there at dusk to shoo her in, she ends up in the run for the night.  Once it is dark, I can't shoo her in because she is too flighty.

 

I'm worried this problem will increase because the days are getting shorter and I am not home before dark.

It is the coming of cold weather that worries me.  Not sure about her staying warm enough by herself on cold ground in subzero temps.

 

Any suggestions?  Anyone else have a loner quail?

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Honestly your lucky the rest go back in so easily. Usually they dont like to be corralled at all. Is the pen dangerous at night? Why does she need to be inside?
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interesting that the quail usually don't like to be inside.  It is a tall coop with windows, and they spend a good part of the day in there - I think almost half time.  Seems when they want to rest they go in.  Maybe because it is enclosed it feels safe?  The run is open with hardware cloth on all sides and a partial roost, so maybe more exposed.

 

The worry is that when it is -30F, she will be outside.  And although there is wire on the ground surrounding the run, I have a lot of mole and gopher tunnels in the area.  weasels follow the tunnels, and could get in to the run via a tunnel.

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