Wild Quail Birdhouses?


11 Years
Sep 15, 2008
Big Sur, CA
We have about a million wild/native quail that come in our backyard to scratch, so i started putting out a feeder. The flying birds eat out of the feeder and shower the floor with seeds that the quail get. Now that it's getting cold and there are still a lot of young tiny ones, i was thinking of putting together some type of a coop for them to live in, just come and go as they please. I could put a waterer and some seed in there for the winter. Any suggestions on what this thing should be like? where could you buy something like this?
If that was me (if i knew i wouldnt get in trouble by the game commission--not sure if you would but you could by feeding them but just saying if i wouldnt get caught...) I'd take like one huge slab of wood, and make sort of a three sided mini stall for them to go into, dark and maybe the front covered in some bush branches to make it look like a natural comfy hiding place. Then i'd put pine shavings on the floor and hope they use it....though those sort of things may make it easy for predators to get them.
I wish wild quail would visit here, maybe they do and i just never see them.
I've only ever seen one wild quail in my life...well a hen and her newly hatched brood when i was just a kid.

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