We used to have the quail living in the worm bin under the rabbit cages (with a part that was roofed and protected from above), thinking they would be good managers of flies and other things that breed in manure. As it turns out, quail are almost useless as a form of maggot control, as they hardly scratch the surface.[flickr_set id=”72157635204510436″]
So far the quail have been doing well. They do eat tender, young plants, but seem to leave anything a little bigger alone, so we have to put cages around the young transplants or seedlings. They also do take baths in the dirt, but the holes they make are negligible and haven’t yet caused any damage.
Who knows if they’re doing a good job of pest control. The rains haven’t really started yet, so bugs are at a minimum. The real test for their hunting skills will come when the grasshoppers hatch.[flickr_set id=”72157635204510436″]
We’re hoping to see a bunch of tiny quail in another 7 to 10 days.