Release of Bob Whites

Discussion in 'Quail' started by kgeorge, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. kgeorge

    kgeorge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Beech Creek, PA
    I have two-month-old bobwhites and am thinking about releasing them into the wild. I live in PA. How old should they be to do that. Do I need to acclimatize them to the wild first? If so, how? Thanks...
  2. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm under the impression that this is illegal (the release of captive raised/bred birds, including native species and gamebirds) unless its on private property with permission for hunting/training ???

    what is the purpose of you releasing them? Most who hunt and train with bobs raise them so they never associate with humans (feeding/watering/cleaning at night when they are sleeping and have poor night vision)
  3. kgeorge

    kgeorge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Beech Creek, PA
    I live on 28 acres. I believe it is legal here....I'll check into that, though. I don't know what else to do with them. The eggs came with my incubator and were my first experience with incubating anything. I've been reading in this forum that bobwhites are very difficult to raise and will fight with each other.
  4. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    Quote:There is no rule that says one can't EAT a two month old bob... While they will get bigger,But there tasty when small too. [​IMG] Bill
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    If the Bob's are not raised in flight pen's specialy designed for flight conditioning of wild game birds they won't survive in the wild. I also think that regulations are fairly strict in regards to releasing domesticly raised birds into the wild.
  6. kgeorge

    kgeorge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Beech Creek, PA
    Okay. Thanks. Maybe I'll find someone to take them. [​IMG]
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    It is illegal to release any caged raised quail in the wild as it endangers the native species of quail in the area. Your birds could have genetic defects or disease that could kill off what few wild Bobwhites are left in your area.

    Pen raised Bobwhites will probably not survive but a few nights due to predation, lack of water or starvation. You will be sending them off to their deaths.
  8. kgeorge

    kgeorge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Beech Creek, PA
    Okay, thanks, I understand what you are saying.
  9. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois
    I was told by the Fish and Game Officer you can release bob whites as long as you have a permit.
    BUT he did also say it's different in some states.
  10. GeeJay

    GeeJay Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2011
    Horton, MI
    We have 12 quail that we purchased as adults last fall, I haven't seen them fight much. But I take care of them and leave them be. We have them to train the Pointers.

    They have been laying eggs for almost 2 months, and they have laid about 110 eggs so far. 40 of which have come out of the incubator with only 11 live hatches. Not sure where we went wrong, humidity in the brooder is the likely culprit. So we are hatching in the incubator now, hoping to get more live hatches from the 70 that are left.

    I also thought maybe we could release some, but after reading this... I guess not! I wouldn't want to endanger any of the wild ones that might be around.

    Good luck figuring out what to do with them!

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