Wow. It’s been forever since I wrote about the bobwhite quail. They are mostly grown now – although they obviously mature a lot later than my coturnix. These guys still act like sweet little babies!
They are SO sweet, in fact, that I am planning on keeping two pair (one white, one snowflake). This means I must build yet another quail coop! Well, with every one I build, I figure out a better design, right?
They are very talkative little quail, with lots of cute vocalizations.
I think the snowflake color is gorgeous, but there is something surprisingly appealing about the white ones.
They seem to be more friendly and inquisitive. Unlike the snowflakes, they are always coming up to the wire to look at me, and talk to me.
I’m trying something new in their coop.
Do you see it? Up there in the corner?
I have four of them outside with the quail – two blues, a yellow, and a green one. After doing extensive research (particularly of English parakeet-keeping practices) I’m going to try keeping them out here year around. As long as they have a secure, draft-free area, and plenty of time to acclimate, they appear to do fine in my temperatures. I will, of course, monitor them closely during the winter, and if they show signs of discomfort, bring them inside.
But right now, they are loving life! They and the quail get along wonderfully, sharing the ground (when the parakeets feel like walking) and the branches (when the quail feel like perching). I even saw one of the keets go for a brief ride on one of the quail’s back! The quail didn’t seem to notice or mind.
And now for a gratuitous squirrel pic.
This nest box was supposed to be for the birds, but the squirrel chewed the opening larger and claimed it. Pesky little rodent!