how to tame bobwhite quail

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  1. quailguy

    quailguy Out Of The Brooder

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    i have 6 bobwhite in a aviary 6' by 4' and its 4' tall how do i tame them so that they will not be afraid of me? 1 of the females gets close like 1 foot away but then it just goes to hide but the others just stay at the opposite end of the aviary,so is there anyway to tame them??
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thats About As Good As You Can Hope For With Bobs
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Unless you have raised them yourself, they can be pretty leary of you. However you can friendly them up a bit. My first set of Bob's were given to me and were terrified of me also, running to hide in all directions. But I had a couple of them that, like your female that would come close. So I worked with those particular friendlier ones. Bring them treats so that they see you as the "friendly feed monster", like greens, peas, apple slices etc. However meal worms, live or dried can REALLY win them over I promise you.

    So start by laying the meal worms out in front of you and stand back a bit. Once they start to recognize that you are bringing their favorite treat, they will come closer each time. Eventually you can offer them from your hand and once one of them eats from it, the others may follow. Some of them forever may be leary of you. Always move very slowly around them. Go out and sit with them so they get used to you and a bond of trust begins. It will take some time.

    Eventually if you start to incubate eggs and raise your own Bob's, by hatching and brooding them yourself, they will have bonded closer to you and won't have such fear of you. I have some birds that come running to see what kind of goodies I am packing, they get under foot in the aviary and I can even lightly touch a few of them. Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  4. quailguy

    quailguy Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks i will try the meal worms [​IMG] and see if i get any success
     
  5. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine like apples some will eat cherries most love dandelion greens lettuce etc gambles are not as skittish as bobs to me and chukars by themselves are fairly tamable in groups not so much
     
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    palmettogroves Out Of The Brooder

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    They are quite skittish. We have forty five Bobbwhites that are about a month and a half old. They do love shredded apples and peaches. Seems like I have to spend a lot of time around them to keep them where they will let me come near them. I usually coax them with the apples.
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Corn On The Cobb= Bob White Crack [​IMG]
     

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