We Lost a Bobwhite

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Willowspirit, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. This morning my husband was putting food in the quail pen and one of our bobwhite cocks got out. My hubby tried to catch him but he got away. He flew over the fence onto the roof of the horse shelter and disappeared a minute later from there. Any hope that he will come back to the coop at night? Any hope of finding him? Attracting him?
     
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Partially Enlightened

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    I think there is a better chance of you finding him by looking than him showing back up to the pen.
     
  3. I was afraid of that. It’s raining like crazy right now. Is he likely to be in a tree?
     
  4. RGBEverything

    RGBEverything In the Brooder

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    Just keep a hen in a small area and he should come roost with her at night. And then you can catch him easily unless he’s found a wild girl out there
     
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  5. He came back to the coop and the others about twilight. My husband blocked him in a small area. We missed catching him and he got by my hubby. So we put a dim light near the coop in hopes he’ll come back. I’ll go out before dawn in hopes.

    I forgot to say also that we put a bucket on its side out with some hay and food for shelter.
     
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  6. RGBEverything

    RGBEverything In the Brooder

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    Get a fishing net that’s how I used to catch wild chickens. Lol yes someone’s chickens got out and they had chicks and the chicks had chicks it was the process of years but they were truly wild chickens and we caught them with hoop nets
     
  7. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Usually they will return to the pen, if something doesn't get them before you can catch'em. A recall trap works great for catching escapees.
     
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  8. You were all right! This morning our barn helper spotted him in a run we keep open for chickens. It’s next door to his run. After some wrangling hubby caught him and now he’s home. I’m so relieved!

    Thanks everyone for the good advice. I’ll look into the trap. I kept wishing I had one.
     
  9. 007Sean

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    Glad this story has a happy ending!
     
  10. I am so relieved!
     
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