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Can bob white quail be kept free range, or released?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Viandy, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Viandy

    Viandy Hatching

    Jan 17, 2009
    I live in an odd urban area near several large fields, some small woodlots, railroad tracks with overgrown right of ways, and other non cultivated patches. I would love to be able to "seed" the area with bob white. I grew here and would often hear their call, but that's been 30+ years. Is this at all feasible?
    I realize that is a short question that will take a long answer. I want to assure you that I will follow the advice I get here. There are probably more reasons that this shouldn't be done than I can think of, and I can reel off several. I am active on several reptile forums and am familiar with questions being asked by inexperienced people (like me - first post here) who then don't pay attention to the responses. Several people will explain how the question is a bad idea (releasing a domestic into a wild area, disease vectors, ethical concerns, etc.) and the original poster ends up saying they're going to try it anyway. I am sort of the opposite -- I doubt I can do this, but hope to be convinced it will work.
    If this is a repeat of an old thread I apologize. I didn't see anything that seemed to cover it when I searched.
  2. Most states, if not all. You have to have a permit to release them. I dont think they could free range. They most likely would never come back. Go wild, ect. Some states you even have to have a permit to keep them..
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Most states require you to have a permit to keep, raise, sell, trade, and release them. To be sure youd have to check you local laws. But as far a free ranging, they wont free range like chickens do. They will more than likely be gone. And cage raised birds, even though they are considered wild animals, they dont fair very well in the wild. They lack the survial instinct that wild animals have that are raised in the wild. Hope this helps you. [​IMG]
  4. Bossroo

    Bossroo Songster

    Jun 15, 2008
    First you would have to get the proper permits from your state. Then after you release them, they will more than likely be devoured by every predator out there. Do yourself a big favor and enjoy raising them then enjoy haveing a few quail for a special feast with family and friends..
  5. jhm47

    jhm47 Songster

    Sep 7, 2008
    I have raised many bobwhite quail, and have found that the best thing is to let an experienced hen (bantam is best) that is used to free ranging hatch out the eggs. Then, I keep this family confined for up to 2 weeks. At this point, I turn them all loose. The hen will keep the quail in the yard somewhat, and as the quail grow up and become more independent, they will gradually wean themselves from the hen. Eventually, they will become quite wild, and mine have survived for a long time. I had a small flock started on an abandoned farm for awhile, but along came a bad winter and killed them all. I plan to try it again this spring. PM me if you have questions.
  6. griffin45

    griffin45 Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    South Central Virgina
    living in South Central Virginia I can tell you that we have tons of wild Bob whites. I love to sit and listen to them in the evening during the summer and fall. When I lived in Suffolk about 5 years ago I also had tons of Bob whites around. I am thinking that where ever you are in Virginia you may have an imported predator such as cats that are hurting your Bob White populations.

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