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Houdini the Quail probably saved my life this morning.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by spookyevilone, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    Oct 5, 2008
    I was just woken up from an all too brief sleep by an agitated, torqued off Cortunix quail roo growling at something. Worried that one of the cats was menacing the quail (which they never do but there's a first time for everything), I went running out into the livingroom in 'jamas and bare feet. Houdini, living up to his name, had escaped. Again. How he picks the lock on a LOCKED, steel cage, I have not yet figured out. It's not the twist lock - this is the actual keyed lock, and the cages are the heavy steel display cages PetCo uses for their parrots.

    I flicked on the light and Houdini saw me and puffed himself up and charged my feet! I jumped back and then went to go after him, and he charged me again. I went and got my glasses and then went to go get the obnoxious quail.

    When I got back to the living room, I saw what had ticked him off. There were several HUGE yellowjackets crawling on my carpet sluggishly, buzzing. Houdini was running around the floor, growling back at them before pecking them to death and eating them. He'd run back to the cage and coo for his mate to take them.

    I am deadly allergic to wasps and hornets. The outside temp was low last night and I turned the heat up, so I'm assuming the heat in the attic woke them and there's a nest up there - That Guy will be doing a search and destroy mission when he comes home tomorrow.

    Not sure why Houdini charged me, whether he thought I was going to steal his nice tasty bugs or whether he somehow knew they were bad news and was trying to protect me. Once he was done eating them, he was docile as can be and let me pick him up and put him back in his cage. In any case, I'm glad he did. If he hadn't lived up to his name and escaped, and then kept me from walking into that room, I might not have seen the evil yellow bugs before I stepped on one. It was dark in there, except for a night light. I'm assuming the buzzing woke Houdini.

    I swear I'm going to litter box train that little escape artist and let him have the run of the house. Even if I can't litter train him.. it's almost worth it. I'd rather step in quail crap than on a wasp! [​IMG]

    (who's living up to her name and being spooked to heck right now!)
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Oh MY!!!!! You better get someone in that attic ASAP! Hornets can be dangerous...even if your NOT allergic to them. So glad your little quail roo was there to save the day!!
  3. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    What a terrific story! And I'd like to believe that he was being altruistic as well as obtaining delicacies for his wife! That boy deserves a big serving of mealworms!
  4. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    [​IMG] for Houdini. Great job boy, saving the day. Hope he gets lots of treats from Santa, and the run of the house.[​IMG]
  5. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    nice work, Houdini! standing 'O'!

    i am very sensitive to wasp venom. stung over 30 times on my neck alone and now one sting sends me into serious issues.

    get them outta there! be careful!
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Great story.

    And now we thank the good Lord that you are OK.
  7. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    Oct 5, 2008
    Quote:HECK YES. That Guy is off camping this weekend (I love him but he's insane to camp in the cold and snow) but I left a rather hysterical message on his voicemail that he's doing an attic crawl when he gets back.

    He did one last fall and this summer, and being allergic, I'm paranoid about the whereabouts of hornet and wasp nests. I haven't seen any around, so I didn't even know they were there until they turned up in my living room. I spent the last hour paint-taping aluminum foil over all the ceiling vents, so now I'll know if they're upstairs or down. The cats have been banished to the basement for the day and Houdini's back out, happily pecking at every scrap of dust. I tossed down a roll of plastic painter's paper over the carpet to keep the mess down.

    I can't give him mealworms as treats, he gives them all to his wife. I found out earlier though, that he's not nearly so generous with applesauce [​IMG]

    Who knew that sometimes the angel on your shoulder could take the form of a somewhat spoiled Coturnix quail..

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