Field Sketches
Jeff Gandert

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  Summer 2019
Updated through the season.

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I'm building a Quail Garden. The idea started with the purchase of a few Bobwhite Quail needed to finish a quail painting (see the Wildlife Page). They first went into a temporary cage while I built an 8'x8'x8' flight pen. It was during that process that the "Quail Garden" concept hit me. I'm doubling the size of the pen and planting wildflowers and warm season grasses in an area around and outside the pen. It'll be a year or two for the plants to mature and I'll post photos at that time. I may get a Ring-necked Pheasant or two as well.

Ten day old quail chicks and can already fly.

By late April the quail where laying eggs like crazy. So I get the idea to put a few eggs in my incubator, right? Well I've been through this rodeo before with chicken eggs and I know I have a low success rate for hatching so I put 22 quail eggs in the incubator, right!? Maybe not enough so I put in 5 more for a total of 27, right? Good, now I should get 6 or 7 to hatch and will be able to add them to the other 6 that I have out in the flight pen. Well let me tell you, on hatching day I went over to the incubator to see if I'd had any success. Nothing---------- but---------- there was this strange faint scratching/rumbling sound emitting from within the incubator. First I thought the thermostat was going bad, but as I got an ear a little closer I realized the sound was coming from all the eggs! Uh Ohoooo! That's right, 26 out of 27 hatched. Next day I put them in their brooding pen here in the house. Ya should of seen them all clustered together, they looked like a pile of Caramel Popcorn with feet! Within 8 days they could make short flights around the brooding pen! No joke! Nature waste no time in getting these little guys airborne. They need to be able to escape ground predators at a very very young age.