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Posted by wabikeguy 10 Western Az (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 26, 11 at 18:14

I have been leaving bird seed and a little water out in my back yard. Yesterday I noticed a quail hen sitting in straw mulch between two small fig trees. I have a three foot wide heavily mulched bed that runs alongside and at the base of a 3 foot high rock retaining wall. She is still there, in the rain, with her wings stretched out, presumably to protect her eggs.

She's in an exposed spot, with the wall on one side and open yard on the other three sides.

I'm considering taking a length of pickett fence panel and laying it over the top of the wall at one end and out into the yard on the other to give her better concealment and a little cover, and maybe placing some seed and water nearby.

What do any of you think? Would doing that cause her to abandone her nest? She's awfully exposed. Any ideas or suggestions?


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Quail

It's way early for quail eggs but ... possible. If it makes you feel better, do it.

If it makes YOU feel better, do it. I have had quail nest in my tomatoes, and harvested the tomatoes without scaring them off the nest.

RE: Quail

I checked on the bird this morning and she was dead. No eggs. I guess she was injured or sick and just laying in the straw I use for mulch. Last night was in the upper 30's with a light rain. Wish I had known. I would have brought her inside and maybe saved her.

Thanks for responding...........Dave

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