I raise my poultry on a large 200 acre farm in central Kentucky, there are few predators other than the stray cat or dog and coyotes far from the house. Two ears ago I purchased coturnix quail on Craigslist to try out raising them since I had raised most else (Guinea, Geese, Ducks, Chickens) ... Why not quail? Once I purchased the trio I noticed that my idea of allowing them to roam my entire 30 x 60 coop was drastically different from other's ideas of raising them in small pens. The quail had large runs and ate more bugs than grain, yet inevitably just past a month of getting them they made their escape.
I assumed they would have been a quick hawk snack, yet for the past two years I've seen them two or three times a year near the house in late summer. This last time I saw them I counted a group of 7. Not only are these quail surviving, yet they are reproducing. Despite all of the forums claiming the quail would be dead in a day, I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience with coturnix quail surviving in the wild.
BTW: I am aware of the impacts and laws against releasing foreign animals or plants, yet this was purely accidental.