Yesterday I moved the quail to a new patch of grass and sand. They’d been on the previous patch for a week. It was a bit of a mission, but in the end I managed to catch each bird inside their enclosure and put them into a cat carry for a few minutes while I did the job. They weren’t specially keen on being caught and held, and today seem to be avoiding me more than usual.
I tried bribing them today with some mealworms, but Spot was the only one who really noticed they were there. She seemed to like the mealworms though.
I bought the mealworms at Farmlands the other day. Later I noticed them in Animates too, where they were much more expensive.
There’s more loose sand in this new patch of grass and the birds have been quick to make the most of it with sandbaths. Seltzer was really getting into it when I took the photo above. That’s also when I noticed the bald patch on her head. It looks as though someone’s been pecking her. I’ll need to keep an eye on this over the next few days.
Stripes is a much smaller bird than the others. Stars is the male. Quail like to have food available at all times, so I bought this feeder that has an inverted jar dropping food into half a dozen openings in a bottom bowl. That means all the birds can eat at the same time. I put the whole thing on an old plant saucer to keep the spills a little contained.
The girls have been kind to me — they’re supposed to go off laying eggs in the darker months, but generally I find one egg every day. Since it takes about 4 quail eggs to match one hen’s egg that means scrambled eggs for breakfast about once a week at the moment.
During the week I gave them a lettuce that had gone to seed in the garden. They liked that a lot. They drink a lot of water — I have to fill up their water bottle more or less every day.