I couldn't help myself with the thread title Still, let's try to not make this too terribly heated. I'm more interested in ideas than actually planning on doing anything. I plan on digging out a pond this year and planting quail-friendly areas around it, but we're talking about a couple of years before I could even entertain the idea of intentionally letting a bird run loose instead of having one escape by accident. Here's my question: do you think that captive-bred quail have a better chance of surviving in the wild if they are hatched and raised by a colony instead of by themselves? I started wondering about this when thinking about captive- vs wild-raised turkeys. A hen will teach her poults everything they need to know to survive, giving them an edge rather than them having to make the same mistakes. Those poults will grow up to teach their offspring what their mother taught them, plus the new things they have learned. I'm firmly convinced this is why we consider domestic turkeys to be sort of dumb and hunters swear that the pesky birds are like feathered out Einsteins: domestic birds are typically hatched and artificially raised every year. They have to start fresh when it comes to learning. So would quail that are raised in a flight pen by the covy have a better chance at surviving? Yes, I know they're not out in the wild learning to find food and evade predators and all of that stuff - but they would still be learning. Besides that, if their flight pen had the sort plants they might feed on in addition to their regular food it might help. Thoughts?