the bobwhites are gone. I opened their run this morning, keeping the chickens in their run so the bobwhites could forage a bit more.
20 minutes later they were scurrying off in a covey to the oak woods. cattle used to graze their a decade ago and it is still pretty open. I believe it is for the best, the last day or so there was some frantic chasing (boys). I am sad!! I heard them calling a bit this morning but it has been all quiet for the last hour or so.
Hoping for a light winter again. this wasn't a perfect option but at least they will have a good shot at making it, and can enjoy the outdoors instead of being cooped up. Not a domesticated breed, that is for certain.
It's a good thing, what you did. They are in their natural habitat.
Hope you get a glimpse of them every once in a while!