Greetings, I am a first timer here I think I'm gonna like it! I have what looks to be a California or Callipepla californica type quail in my yard. (googled quail images) The female hatched 17 eggs, the were harassed by local black bird(s) and two cats all in one day. The male, female, and chicks left for about a week, or were hiding out in the wood pile unnoticed. A Male and Female adult came back into the yard and ate and eventually left (didn't see any chicks). The next day the Male, Female, and chicks all came back. I am assuming this is the same group assuming also they probably consider the yard THEIR home and not mine? : ) The following day (yesterday) the male came with the chicks (no female), I was hoping to see her today if they came back - the male is back with about 10 chicks. I am wondering if this means the female may be dead? I don't know the habits of wild quail so I don't know who raises the chicks, or if the male would only (usually) take over alone if the female (mama) is dead? My yard is not all too quail friendly as we mowed again after they initially left figuring they just moved on - a Cat just attacked a chick right out my back window! Dang it! We left some weeds around the edges of the yard and tall grass too, we sell firewood so have extensive wood piles along the parameter of most of the yard. We also put out a makeshift bird bath as we live in the desert area of central WA and it's getting hot out. The male has now moved the chicks back to the wood pile toward the area where the nest originally was this is where they were hanging out before they left for a week. Q: Should we supplement their diet and feed them millet? Q: If we supplement their diet will this help or hinder them in survival Q: Is the female most likely dead? Q: Will they return here year after year? This is my first summer in this house. I enjoy watching them [email protected]#$%^&*()_!!! Darn it! Another cat! I know nature will take it's course - with 17 hatchlings I was expecting a rather high mortality rate I just don't enjoy watching it happen : ( Thank you to anyone who can/will answer my 4 Q's and give me some insight as to what I might do/not do to help them live.