In the Brooder
- Jul 13, 2014
3 days ago I had a funny little looking bird running around with my 7 chickens. After searching I found he is a Bobwhite Quail. I have no idea where he came from. My girls have fully accepted him. He stays with them even though he is capable of hopping through the fence that keeps the chickens contained during the day (they have a lot of roaming area covered in hawk netting). He even runs down this chicken tunnel I made for them right in line with the rest of the girls. Last night he followed them into their run and got confused when they all went into the coop. But I locked them all into their run that is secure from predators and uses 1/2" hardware cloth to keep things out, so he stayed in. He hid behind a little shelter I made for the chickens in the run, and the girls continued on into their coop. I let them all out first thing this morning and they were all together and happy. So, it looks like Bob is the newest member of my flock. My girls are vaccinated for everything under the sun so I'm not concerned with him giving them something. Regardless of what good old Bob may think, he is not a chicken... so I was wondering if anyone could give me some good ideas of what to set him up to sleep in and what I should feed him besides the shelled sunflower seeds that he seems to love. He has access to the chicken food but I haven't seen him eat it. He's welcome to stay as long as he wants. He's got to be safer than going off on his own, and if he continues to go in with the girls at night he will be safe from nighttime predators.