In the past we have been able to free range our quail chicks in a neighbour's meadow. He even let us cut it in a special way so we could make it safe for them to be out in the open. Last year he started to cut it as a lawn and as he gives us the grass we really can't complain! However, it now means we need a new place to free range this year's chicks, so I thought, why not with our other birds.
Our garden is home to all our poultry and this year we have a lot of new chicks but it was planned and planted as a food forest, so has plenty of different areas and habitats and vertical as well as horizontal space. However, it is still new territory to baby quail, so thought I'd share some tips and suggestions. The main one being, to free range the quail chicks one at a time - it's just so much easier!
Step 1: Tips and Strategies
In the film you can see how the chicks, hatched 20th July this year are now quite robust and savvy enough to enter the world of our forest garden.
You will see the bond forged between the quail and the mother hen, plus some of the surprises our quail had install for us, including a propensity to over-eat!
If you've enjoyed this film and want more information on raising quail organically with a mother hen then please visit The Holistic Hen where you will see more of our organic quail, chickens and pigeons in their forest garden home and information on how we raise them.
All the very best from stormy Normandie, Pavlovafowl aka Sue