I just caught a 3 1/2-week old escaped quail in a hayfield!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by seriousbill, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. seriousbill

    seriousbill Songster

    May 4, 2008
    I think I might kinda rule. [​IMG]

    The little devil flew right over my head out of the coop and out into the hayfield adjoining our property this morning. Darn if I didn't think he was a goner. Those things can MOVE. But I got him back by diving into the tall grass like a pro baseball player! Weeell, maybe not quite like that [​IMG] Anyway, I was itchy and grass-stained, but I had that baby Bobwhite, by gosh. Just wanted to share the triumph. [​IMG]
  2. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    Wow glad you caught him.
    Last week my DH told me there was a button quail in the bathroom. Somehow it had gotten out of the brooder and had been roaming the house for 2 days.
  3. seriousbill

    seriousbill Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Wow, I don't think one could survive in our house for two days. Too many cats...
  4. jaruca

    jaruca In the Brooder

    May 3, 2008
    Georgian Bay, ON
    Yup, you do rule![​IMG]
  5. seriousbill

    seriousbill Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Hey, thanks! [​IMG]
  6. sred98

    sred98 Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    Awesome catch! [​IMG] You were lucky to catch her before a hawk or snake! Sneaky little devil!

  7. seriousbill

    seriousbill Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Yah, VERY lucky. I still have no idea how I did it. My usual luck would be missing the quail and landing in the creek, LOL.
  8. thewarriorchild

    thewarriorchild Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Ringwood area, NJ
    LOL that is awesome! Usually things dont work out so well for me either I have ended up on the ground more than once.
  9. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    South Dakota

    I've thought about diving after chicks/chickens/ducks before...then it's like my mind stops me; "Remember, you are older, and very out of shape...imagine how much that will hurt.." and I decide to catch them a different way [​IMG]
  10. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    LOL. I know the feeling of triumph when we catched our escaped "friends". Had one of my baby Sumatra fly past my head last week when I opened their rabbit hutch. That little sucker had two teenagers chasing it and it still managed to get past both of us and dive under a "grown-in" table in the barn. It dissapeared under a work bench that had been in the barn and had "grown-in" to the dirt floor. I'm still can't get over how that little blue baby laid down on it's side and kicked with one foot to squeeze into the 2" hole between the table and the dirt.

    I was ticked! We tried spooking the little thing back out making noises and whatnot, we tried waiting for it to get tired of the dark and come out on it's own. Nothing! I thought one of my baby Sumatra was stuck! Laid down on my stomache in the dirt and dug a hole big enough to get my hand and arm in and started fishing for this chick. All the while praying to God I didn't find a snake or a rat, I touched something and panicked, jerking my arm out. I REALLY REALLY didn't want to find a snake, rat, or spider. So now I resorted to a stick and began gently fishing around. Out slides the little Blue scooting away from the stick. Still on it's side propelling itself by kicking with one foot. And you know what?!? It almost got past the two of us AGAIN! Thankfully, I snatched it by a wing and was able to put it back with it's siblings.

    Of course now it is one of the easiest to catch. LOL

    Great job with the quail!


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