An article to back up "naysayers" of releasing pen-raised Bobwhites

Discussion in 'Quail' started by _Randall_, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    isn't there legal issues with releasing birds into the wild?
  2. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Songster

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:In some states, yep. It's been discussed here almost weekly for the past 3 years seems like. Not here in Ms., though. And as an example of how "wild" these birds end up being, I've caught 2 Northern Bobs here in my yard that were released by a neighbor across the bottom who raises them, and holds "hunts". These "strays" were called up by my penned birds, come strolling up in the yard.....and one of them was actually caught under my carport. I scooped'em up with a net, put'em in one of my pens, and it went right on over and started eatin' out of the feeder like it only knows to to!!
  3. Missi

    Missi Songster

    Aug 31, 2011
    Naples, FL
    WOA...Florida Wildlife Commission actually reimburses my bobwhites' breeder to raise them & release them as wild populations are dwindling. That was the first time I had heard of such a thing.
  4. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Chicken Tender

    Feb 1, 2010
    Southern Virginia
    Well no wonder they are dwindling, our neighbor used to shoot 2-300 every year. I have only seen one around here , probably an escapee.
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    We had Bob's here at 7L many years back. The fire ants ended their existence. The ants are vicious & attack the new born allowing no chance for survival. I found this true on my last hatch of chicks. I brood in a metal building I had cleaned & even blew the building out. I put 13 chicks in my brooder went to do a chore came back within 10 minutes to find one biddy covered with fire ants. The biddy did not survive I had to cull her.
  6. ddroland

    ddroland Chirping

    Oct 15, 2010
    Eastern PA
    I guess releasing pen raised animals for re-establishing wild populations doesn't work.[​IMG] Wolves, Condors, Whooping Cranes, Eastern Turkeys, PA Elk, Whitetail Deer, all just flukes. Habitat improvement for Quail is the number one priority, no doubt. But what is this writer suggesting? I completely tranform my property into quail heaven and then sit back and wait for them to show back up?
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Quote:If its legal to release them where you live & you think they will survive try it. I'd provide them with some shelter IE brush piles, feeders & water if not available. Really depends on the lay of your land. Bob's are gonna be hard to establish JMO. They seem a bit more delicate than other animals that as you mentioned have been released & made the transition.
    I helped wood ducks in the wild for 20 years with great success.
  8. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    if you are willing to trap and dispatch predators after their realesed they stand a much better chance but without a predator control program your kina peeing up a rope ya might get a warm feeling but thats about all that happens most places clean farm that and a lot of other unfriendly habitat practices this is most of the reason there are no wild ones, the tame ones stand even less then a chance then the wild ones, unless stock is certified healthy you run the risk of infecting existing wild stocks with multiple diseases
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009

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