quail eggs!

zzini(Sunset 13)May 20, 2010

sorry, there isn't a single plant in this post, but I thought the other AZ gardeners would enjoy these photos of a quail nest in my backyard!

From Quail Nest From Quail Nest From Quail Nest

I think she's in the middle of laying the clutch because she left yesterday afternoon but came back last night to brood. I'm trying to figure out how to screen this part of the yard off from the dogs without freaking out the quail and causing her to abandon the nest. . .

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mangledmind(AZ 9B)

Cool zzini .... we found a clutch in our front planter, by accident, when pulling some old flowers and weeds. We disturbed it while cleaning and momma never came back. :(

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 2:41PM
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arizonny(z9 Tempe)

When my son was 5 years old, my Mother had a nest of quail eggs left as orphans because Momma was eaten by a predator of some kind.

My Mom gathered those eggs up and brought an old electric skillet outside, lined with layers of towels, turned it on warm and put the eggs inside. My Dad laughed and told her it would never work. But when pecking holes appeared, she called me and I pulled my son out of kindergarten to witness the event. She hatched 10 quail eggs in an electric skillet!!

I just buried my Mom this past week. In her eulogy, I told this story and thanked her for teaching us to love all things great and small.

Do whatever you can to help those babies hatch and include a youngster in the lesson. You will be remembered for it!!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 1:17AM
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lazy_gardens

I never thought an overturned bucket would be used. I build all kinds of brush piles they ignored.

There are plenty of eggs there, and I'm seeing baby quail around here, so you might not have long to worry about the nest.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 10:16AM
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zzini(Sunset 13)

@arizonny - that's just beautiful, unfortunately the only youngsters I have around here are of the canine variety so I'm busy trying NOT to include them!

Here's my barricade. . . a friend at Game and Fish told me to try and keep the area as disturbance-free as possible:
From Quail Nest

as you can see, the dogs are excavating what looks like a hole for an Olympic-sized pool next to the potted saguaro, hopefully they'll ignore the furniture in the middle of their construction site!!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 2:55PM
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mangledmind(AZ 9B)

zzini "construction site" ... too funny

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 4:12PM
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softmentor(z9/sunset13 CA desert)

we TOTALLY want pics of the little ones when they hatch!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 6:36PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Great pics, zzini, keep us posted. Great story, too, Arizonny, thanks for sharing it.

I've let several containers (usually on plant pedestals) die over the years after finding quail eggs (and/or the quail) in them and refusing to water them while someone is on the nest. I happily trade the plants for a batch of those babies. I even posted here several years ago asking about the jumping height of the babies since one pot was on a tall-to-me pedestal, but I was reassured that mom knows not to put the nest too high for the babies and it all worked out great.

I've had similar "problems" with mourning doves in pots too and I always just avoid messing with things until the babies are gone. I've had a lot of dead plants that way, LOL.

Nice to hear other softies out there. :) I'm always a nervous wreck when dealing with nests, LOL. Do keep the pics, stories, and updates coming. Good luck!

Take care,
Grant

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 7:45PM
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zzini(Sunset 13)

OK, so I had two close calls with the dogs - little sneaks were scooting under the chairs to sniff around the bucket and scare the bejeezus out of mama quail. I dragged them inside and waited for hours until she finally came back. I re-fortified my barricade and now my husband and I are taking shifts to supervise the dog peeing!

Sheesh, I'm a nervous wreck too, Grant! then I read something horrifying about fire ants swarming and eating baby quail! I can't have that happen on my watch so I've been meticulously powdering all the suspicious-looking ant hills with DE.

She's wedged herself towards the back of the pail but I'm going to try and get a couple of pics tomorrow morning.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 12:27AM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

LOL, I'm glad I'm not the only one who is a nervous wreck when there are nests or babies around. I had quail lay eggs in my kiva at my last garden and I had to "open" up a ring of raised concrete that surrounded the kiva(from an old water fountain) so that the babies could get out of the penned in area. They jumped out of the kiva fine but then were circling in a "pen" made from the too-tall curved concrete. Momma quail was going crazy, LOL. After several hours of watching them try to jump I just made an opening and all the babies ran out to join mom.

Of course, I then had to leave the side gate open for several hours so mom and dad and babies could get out of the back yard. I'm sweating right now just thinking about it all, LOL.

Continued success with yours and definitely post any pics you can get.

Take care,
Grant

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 6:57PM
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zzini(Sunset 13)

OK, here is the updated barricade (O-Ren proof, I think . . .)
From Quail Nest

and a rather grainy picture of mom on the nest.
From Quail Nest

Trying not to alarm her, I crawled behind one of the tables, which are about 6 feet from the bucket, and stuck the lens of my camera thru the gap in tables to get the shot. I'll not be making National Geographic with my photography skills anytime soon! She seemed mildly interested but not in the least concerned.

I do hope I'm around when the babies make their appearance - I guess they skedaddle as soon as everyone is de-shelled and on their feet so I may miss it.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 9:55PM
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lazy_gardens

They skedaddle within a few minutes and never come back. They all hatch within a short time, and as soon as the last to hatch is dried and fluffy they are moving to a fresh location.

Any late-hatching chick is abandoned.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 10:18PM
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zzini(Sunset 13)

LOL! I just had a vision of myself with an abandoned, late-hatching chick (slightly confused) perched in my lap - careening in my FJ cruiser at 100 mph down Power Rd to the Game and Fish office. . . shrieking "get me a Wildlife Manager - STAT!!!"

sometimes I crack myself up.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 8:24PM
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lazy_gardens

zzini - If that happens, you can treat them much like chicks to keep them alive. They can join a quail family later, because quail are tolerant of mixed broods.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 12:49AM
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mangledmind(AZ 9B)

zzini

you are a riot ... LOL ;)

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 9:19AM
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xica_da_silva

Awwww...too cute. I hope you are lucky enough to get pix of the babies and share!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 3:03PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Very funny Zzini! LOL

You know a few years ago I posted here on GW about a single tardy party baby quail I found while on a run. I ended up setting up an enclosure and heat lamp blah blah blah by my bedside and raised the goofy thing (on poultry feed and then crickets and poultry feed) until it was large enough to fend for itself. After the few weeks I raised it it hung out in the back yard for a week or so and then just wandered off, which was perfect for me, LOL.

In any case, look at this horrible discovery I made yesterday! Yes, a single quail egg on one of my big patio containers. UGH. I hope it was/is a dud rather than the beginnings of a nest. I'm already stressed just thinking about it, LOL. I'll just leave it alone for now of course and see what happens.

Surprise!

Love the momma pic you shared by the way, keep the updates coming!

Take care,
Grant

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 5:52PM
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xica_da_silva

Wow...that's so funny, Grant! This is getting to be like an Easter egg hunt. I better go out and look around in my yard and see if I have any(I wish)!

Anyhow, I couldn't tell too much from the 'mama' picture, but are we talking about Gambel's quail or some other variety? I didn't see the characteristic 'coxcomb' but maybe it's only males who have that? Hmmmm...

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 6:17PM
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zzini(Sunset 13)

Xica,
these are your garden-variety Gambel's Quail. both males and females have the "top knot" but, of course, the males have a much larger one.

sorry for the photo quality. . . my little digital camera was pushed to its limits. the top of mom's head is concealed under the bucket rim.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 2:35PM
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sparklynnrose(Tempe / 8ish)

Awwww!!

We had a brood in one of our porch pots a couple years ago. One day there was all sorts of frantic peeping out there, but every time we opened the door it was quiet, and the nest was empty. We had NO idea what was going on. Fortunately my stepson stopped by, and apparently he approached the door quietly enough to go unnoticed. The peeping continued and he discovered the problem:

The nesting pot was just a nursery container, so I had placed it inside a larger decorative pot. The baby quail had all gone over the side of the smaller pot and gotten stuck in the larger one. The outer pot sloped inward and the nursery pot didn't fit quite all the way in the bottom, so there was basically a ring of tiny quail, one quail high, wedged into the "corner" where the two pots met. It was shadowy enough out there that we hadn't been able to see them.

With relief we removed the nursery pot and tipped the big pot on its side. Amidst much rejoicing, a dozen baby quail streamed out into the bushes, where they were quickly rounded up by the parents, who were still lurking. That was a good day. :)

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 3:57PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Cute story, sparklynrose--that DOES sound like a good day. :)

The one egg I found (pic above) was either a dud or the mom decided I spend too much time in the garden, LOL, as it was the only one.

Keep the updates and stories coming. Quail really are adorable aren't they?

Take care,
Grant

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 11:43PM
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zzini(Sunset 13)

well, she's gone and, I hope, out in the desert with a big brood! Except for two eggs that didn't hatch.

I was horrified when I first noticed, because my dog, Toro was out by the bucket, but I realized that he was eating empty egg shells. . .

I was terrified that he had eaten all the eggs (or babies - eek!) but realized that there was not enough carnage there for it to be a legitimate quail-icide scene: the bucket was not turned over, there was no blood, not enough feathers to suggest any mutilation. Just the two unhatched eggs, which had been moved out of the nest but were untouched by Toro.

Yeah, maybe I'm overanalyzing the crime scene to make myself feel better for not keeping a closer eye on the dog. . . but after a decade of reading police reports and homicide investigations, I just can't help myself!! :-)

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 11:16AM
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mangledmind(AZ 9B)

zzini,

You should be on CSI. LOL

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 12:11PM
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nogreenthumbteacher

We have just found 9 quail eggs in our planter in AZ. It is July 10th. Is this a normal time? Afraid for them!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2010 at 10:17AM
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lazy_gardens

NoGreen - It might be a second brood. It could also be an abandoned clutch that's been fermenting since May.

Keep an eye on it. If they are not hatched by August 15, they aren't going to hatch.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2010 at 1:34PM
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lazy_gardens

I saw a new hatch yesterday; 7 babies still in the dandlion sized fluffy stage.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2010 at 12:03PM
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caryk

I live in Mesa, AZ. My husband found about a dozen eggs in some ornamental grass he was tearing down in our front yard. Sure looks like gambel quail eggs! We put them in a box. We don't know what to do as it gets up to 115 here????

Help!!!!

I have 3 girls and they are already naming them...

P.S. I loved reading all your stories. I will post pictures of mine soon!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2010 at 10:34PM
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arizonny(z9 Tempe)

What are you doing with the eggs? Perhaps you should have left them where they were!?

All of these posters live in the valley where it gets 115°.

Quail obviously do just fine in those temps. If you don't have to interfere with Mother Nature, please don't.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2010 at 11:54PM
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lazy_gardens

caryk ... the right thing to do when you uncover a nest of quail eggs is to stop whatever you were doing and leave them alone.

The hens lay one egg a day until the clutch is compl;ete, then they start incubating. They hatch in 30 days, usually less, so check once a week for 5 weeks and if they are unhatched they are dead.

Put them BACK where you found them, arrange some shade if your husband wrecked the grass the quail was nesting in and the hen might come back and finish incubating. The chicks MIGHT make it.

Otherwise, explain to your girls that the eggs aren't going to hatch because daddy and mommy made a mistake and explain to them that baby wild animals and birds are best left alone.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2010 at 11:17AM
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caryk

Sorry, I did not give enough details. My husband was tearing down some ornamental grass in our front yard. Two weekends ago, he tore it just about down to nothing (maybe about 6-12 inches) when it was about 5 feet tall. He decided to finished uprooting the grass the next weekend. He has been hacking that with a hoe for a long time. I'm surprised not all the eggs are cracked! Well, when he went to finish the job is when he found the eggs. There was no leaving them there since he was just about done digging up all the roots by the time he discovered them. He first found some cracked ones so we all examined them. One had just yolk in it. Another had a little chick in it---obviously dead. The rest are still intact. We assume that the mom abandoned them as my husband tore down the protective covering (without knowing it) the week before. We would have left them there if there was something to leave them there with.

It is by the street and we already ripped apart their home (completely) and discovered it in the grassy mess. I could have reassembled it all and left it there, but it was grass. Not like I could have made the grass stand up again! I don't think you understand unless you would have seen it.

I am actually on here for advice, no need to tell me what I should have done.

So, for those of you who care to be nice to me: we now have them in a shoebox with the grass below it to protect it. We read that they should be at 99 degrees. It is getting up to 110-115 here so we figure the shade is best. At night we are putting them in the garage since it stays around 100 all night there. It gets to about 90 outside at night.

We also read that the mom turns them so the yolk doesn't stick to the egg so my daughter is turning them once a day.

Who knows? They may all be dead, but maybe not?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2010 at 5:22PM
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zzini(Sunset 13)

Who knows - altho I'm sure your husband feels guilty, it's just the way things happen around here. I really wouldn't feel too badly about it - quail and dove can put nests in THE most inappropriate places and us humans can't always be on the watch for every single one of them.

All that being said, they probably won't hatch without the proper (and consistent) temp of mom sitting on top.

Please don't beat yourself up about it - it's the desert, life is very harsh for the various species that inhabit it and worse things happen!! :-)

This can be a good learning experience for your daughter and, if they don't hatch and aren't broken, the insides will eventually dry out and you'll have some very pretty quail egg shells.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2010 at 12:07PM
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Angelpoems_aol_com

Hello. I was excited to see your post. I have a momma quail that has nested under my hose holder. We put a cut small cardboard box around it as she kept running off when we entered our front door. Does anyone know how long she can be off her eggs? Seems like she leaves for hours and then back to sit. Too, no daddy has been noticed... is this normal in some cases? Have loved reading all your posts, learned a lot! Thank you!! Vicki

    Bookmark   June 10, 2011 at 8:55AM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Yup, it's that time of year again: quail nesting season! I love/hate it, LOL. I have one in a deeeeeeeep pot planted with portulacaria by my front door, and another in a pot with a palm tree and tons of asparagus ferns in the back yard. I can't get away, LOL. I did put in a little rock stairway in the one pot where the soil line is super low compared to the pot edge, so the babies can climb up/out rather than be trapped. I did it when the mom was off the nest.

I don't have any scientific information for you, but I do know that the mother birds often leave the eggs for what seems like a long time and everything works out fine. They don't even sit on them that much until they've laid them all, so that they all get in synch and hatch in the same day or so, but even after that she spends a fair bit of time away.

There's usually a dad quail around.

I'm glad that most of the quail eggs hatch in 3 or 4 weeks so I don't have to deal with this too long, LOL. The first week or so I keep forgetting they're there and they spook me (and vice versa!), but now I'm trying to remember to stay away when I can. Plus I'm going to have houseguests soon and I hope the "nest" out front is long empty by then, a month away.

The babies are awfully cute though, as are the big fat parents!

Take care all of you softies out there (me included, grrr),
Grant

    Bookmark   June 10, 2011 at 6:49PM
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angelpoems

Grant,
Thanks for your reply!! I'm doing my best to leave her alone and hope all goes well. I worry about the neighborhood cats,... ours being one of them. So far I don't believe they've discovered her.
Happy Saturday to you!!

Vicki R ~ in Arizona ~

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 9:07AM
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AndiQs

Hi, I'm new to posting here, but I have been learning a great deal from various threads on this forum. Thank you!

Does anyone know if a coyote finding a quail's nest will scare off the momma quail such that she doesn't come back?

I just frightened a coyote off my back patio, but not before he had eaten one or two of the eggs. There are 8 or 9 eggs left in the nest, so it doesn't look like it was a full clutch yet, so maybe there is hope the parents will return???

I haven't touched the nest, now I am just trying to figure out how to prevent the coyotes from making a return visit while still allowing access for the quail.

If anyone has any insight, I'd be most grateful!

Andrea

P.S. I have appreciated reading, and learning from, **ALL** the posts on this thread. Thank you to everybody for sharing your experiences, especially the folks for whom it was more of a "cycle of life" kind of lesson, because those are really important too! Thank you.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 4:58PM
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AndiQs

Good News!

Yesterday, I built a little chicken wire fence all the way around the bushes the Quail are nesting in, and cut-out little 5-6 inch spaces at the bottom of the fence every so often so Quail can get in, but coyotes cannot, and voila...

...This morning the momma Quail was setting her eggs again!

I'm so happy - I wanted to share with all of you (in case you wanted to know what happened!)

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 1:59PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Fun update AndiQs! Glad everything worked out. Hopefully the rest of the eggs and babies will make it. Thanks for the update.

As cute as the parents and the babies are, I'll be glad when they're hatched and gone, the stress is killing me, LOL. :)

Take care all you quail lovers,
Grant

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 7:45PM
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ampiazzoni_live_com

I literally just got home and my mom was out watering plants and she saw my dog get a bird. It flew away, but there were feathers everywhere. I was looking for the bird in case it was in our backyard, but instead my mom found a nest where the dog got the bird. They are definitely quail eggs, but I don't know what to do about them! I won't let them die, but I was told you aren't supposed to disturb the nest. What should I do? There are 4 eggs in the little nest and one rolled out and is a few inches away from the nest. Any suggestions/help is welcome!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 5:01PM
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CLSB

We have a clutch of 9 quail eggs outside our house and it appears that the mom has been gone for 2 days. Is that normal? Do you think the eggs are still viable? I am wondering if I should get a heat lamp for them. We are in Lake Havasu where the temperature drops quite a bit at night so I am concerned they are not warm without their mom.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 12:02AM
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alison9

I have 9 quail eggs in my backyard with a happy mommy quail sitting on them daily... My concern (it is definitely worrying me now), is that it's been over 30 days and no babies have hatched. When does the mom know they aren't going to hatch and does she just abandon them? Is there anything I can do? I've been so looking forward to this little family arriving!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:22PM
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AZGardenQueen

All righty, you crazy nuts that want to hatch quail eggs with no Momma need to get yourselves to a crazy nuts that want to hatch chickens website such as backyardchickens.com where you can learn about incubating chicken and yes, quail eggs. They do have a section for the game bird and the duck people, too. Very open-minded folk, we chicken people are!

For those of you who have found older abandoned eggs or disturbed nests, we need to remember that mother nature does have a plan, and not everything is meant to hatch.

That said, I AM the idiot who as a youngster made my mother drive me and a baby squirrel I found 60 miles in one direction to a wildlife rescue...

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 11:19PM
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Laura81

It was a spa day for the quail babies!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 2:51PM
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AZGardenQueen

Awwww! They are so adorable! Thanks for sharing, and for providing such a wonderful habitat for the little guys!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 11:29PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Love the quail spa, thanks for posting it! I did have another batch in my crown of thorns pot this spring, just like last year. Happily the babies all hatched and jumped down off the plant stand safely and joined mom and dad quail. So cute. That poor crown of thorns only got watered once or twice in the 30 days there were eggs, but it held up okay. So cute. Thanks for the fun updates all!

Take care,
Grant

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 6:51PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Here's the pot up on a plant stand where they laid eggs (tennis ball to show size). Several years ago people on this forum told me to NOT WORRY about a pot being too high as momma and daddy know to not nest too high. So far that has seemed true. This one is about 3.5 feet off the patio, but babies all hatched and jumped out and were fine. Cuteness!

Happy gardening all,
Grant

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 6:52PM
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AZGardenQueen

OK, now the joke's on me, because today I went out to grab some straw from the bale we keep a canvas tarp over to discourage the birds from taking off with all of it for their nests. What do you suppose flew out when I pulled the tarp back?

Yup, Mama Quail, and it's quite a clutch she's brooding in there! I put the tarp back and apologized to her, and she was back in short order to sit on her nest.

Now I am going to need tips from zzini on building a doggie barrier from assorted lawn furniture since this nest is conveniently located right in the middle of the dogs' potty area - LOL!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 7:25PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Hah! Fun update Queenie, keep us posted on what you do and how it works out. I'm always surprised when a quail has already been nesting enough to have eggs before I've even noticed, LOL. Good luck and keep us posted!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 5:46PM
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AZGardenQueen

Well, here's my update, Grant - no babies yet but Momma still appears to be nesting under that tarp. We will see...also, I am apparently now running a quail-breeding sanctuary.

Yesterday, hubby went into one of our chicken coops' nesting boxes to retrieve eggs and came out with - one chicken and 2 quail eggs! I told him to put the quail eggs back, and today there was a third quail egg in that box and our hens have apparently decided that they like the new "roomie" and are now laying in a different box, even though that one was their "favorite".

Haven't seen the momma quail yet, but I figure that she must be coming and going and my hen that's always "broody" will probably hatch 'em herownself if this silly bird "flies the coop" permanently! This could get really weird - chickens are not the brightest creatures and if my hen thinks these chicks are hers...I guess I'll have laying quail hens. I wonder if I'll have to buy "quail scratch" at the feed store...

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 11:59PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Hah! Fun update, AZGardenQueen, definitely keep us posted on how things go and who does what!

I did find a new, second set of quail eggs this week, this time in a huge 36 inch pot with a self-sown Mexican fan palm that I dug up from the garden and put in the pot two years ago, and a huge ring of asparagus ferns around it. The ferns totally obscure the soil surface but I've seen momma coming and going for several days, and during one of her morning excursions I took a peak and saw a nice big clutch of eggs. Now she's staying on them, so I think she's done laying and is now hatching. I just can't deal with the stress of worrying, LOL.

Happy gardening, and bird watching, all!
Grant

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 7:20PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Here's a couple of quick and dirty pics of the LATEST spot for a quail, um, "nest" (depression, LOL). It's actually very nicely hidden and in a good part of the garden (it's the large pot at right with a self sown Mexican fan palm in it that I surrounded with some asparagus ferns). Momma hides under the asparagus fern (she leaves for twenty minutes each morning at 5:30 a.m. while I'm out on the patio having coffee and reading the paper). Hopefully there will be yet another crop of babies. So cute. Happy gardening all!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pics from my garden June 2013

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 8:24PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Hah, this latest batch hatched yesterday and now the babies are running all over the garden with mom and dad. There were a couple of "dud" eggs, but most hatched and those cute little puffballs are running all over the garden. So cute. I'll dig a small depression as usual, under the side gate to make sure they can get out of the garden if they want. I just hope no bunnies make it IN!

Happy gardening all!
Grant

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 10:17AM
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akeleven

I have quail eggs nestled in a stand of cactus - just about dead center in the picture. (I'm southeast of Tucson.) Have not seen any parent yet - nobody is sitting on the nest. Since we have lots of stray cats I'm really concerned whether the parents are still alive. I put a plastic fence around the area to hopefully give some protection - with space to slip underneath. Worrying whether it is a good idea or too late. When can I expect to see the parent on the nest?

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toucan(9)

So cute pictures. I'd love some quail visitors. I only see doves at my house.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 11:32PM
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lazy_gardens

Akeleven ... they lay one a day until they have a full set, and only then sit on the eggs to incubate.

Count the eggs daily for a week ... if the number isn't rising they may be abandoned eggs, or ones that got too hot and died before hatching.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 12:29PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Neat pic of the cactus and "nest", I can definitely see the eggs. Like Lazy mentioned, they lay an egg or two a day until they're done, and only then do they sit on them. Keep us posted!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 12:48PM
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Weeyahneh(USDA 8)

Thank you all for all the previous postings with info on finding quail eggs in a potted plant. I found one yesterday in a huge pot of geraniums on a planter stand on my front porch yesterday and there is a second egg there today. I'd noticed the pair of quail hanging around some of my pots on the patio so I wasn't surprised to find the beginnings of a scratch (clutch). I watered the geraniums at the front of the pot before I found the first egg at the back of the pot. Does anyone know if it is okay to slowly water the front of the plant and ensure that no water runs to the back of the pot? It is a 24" diameter pot so there is lots of room to try to water it. Thanks for any ideas.
I'm excited that there are eggs as we adore watching the baby quail running around our lot.
I have a gila monster that comes up on our front patio every year so I'm glad the eggs are high enough it can't get to them.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 5:51PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

It's okay to lightly water the plant as long as you don't submerge the eggs. Once mamma starts sitting on the clutch I stop watering plants, and for things like petunias and geraniums it speeds their decline, but they're going to croak in the heat anyway, so I just do it and replace with a heat lover after the babies leave the "nest". Let us know what you do and how it works out! Happy gardening, and good luck! :)

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 12:44PM
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Weeyahneh(USDA 8)

Thanks for the encouragement Grant. The mama quail laid 9 eggs and has been sitting on them since April 20th. I figure she has about 4 to 7 days more to sit on them before they hatch. My little neighbor boys were watering all my potted plants while we were out of town last week and they even watered the very front of the geranium plant while mama was on the nest and she wasn't disturbed. So, I've been slowly trickling some water in that pot every few days, ensuring it doesn't flow past the middle of the pot. She stays on her nest while the plant is being watered. The geraniums only get morning sun so they aren't drying out badly yet anyway.

I had to remove a huge gopher snake which was resting under a table with many potted plants on it which is right next to the elevated iron stand that holds the mama quail in the geranium pot. I love having a gopher snake around, but moved him about a 1/2 mile away just so he won't get to the quail eggs!

The painter thinks I'm insane, as I've delayed getting the house painted until the babies are out of their nest! As long as it is painted before the monsoons, we're fine!

Happy gardening!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 1:44PM
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