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How to free-range Organic Baby Quail and employ them in weeding and eating pests in the Greenhouse. Cailles bio et permaculture.

video How to free-range Organic Baby Quail and employ them in weeding and eating pests in the Greenhouse. Cailles bio et permaculture.
Due to the difficulty in finding organic quail, we decided to raise our own. If you have hay fever and a garden, you should think about doing this too. For ten years we have been raising quail organically for the eggs, which cured Andy's hay fever. Although Andy has never had hay fever since he started eating the eggs in 2000, I got hooked on raising them -- they are lovely birds and the eggs are delicious as well as curative. This second film shows how, after a couple of days living inside with their mother, the quail chicks are moved to an open-topped run inside the Greenhouse, with Polly free-ranging close by. The Greenhouse is built from recycled pallet wood and old windows and is passively heated by the sun -- so is very good for starting the quail chicks this early in the year. The quail are still very small -- Polly is very careful but her main objective is to scratch for food. The quail chicks are only out for short supervised periods, as at this early stage of their development they get cold very quickly and need to go back under their mother. After a couple of days I remove the run and let the quail out with Polly in the Greenhouse - they have already started to hoover up all the greenfly and smaller insects, with Polly finding and showing them other edible items. The chicks have also seen her dust bath and are starting to do this themselves when we move to the cooler greenhouse ( made of recycled pallet wood and polytunnel plastic). Finally, with the exceptionally good weather, we take the quail chicks and Polly free-ranging whilst we we cut grass for hay in a neighbour's meadow. We let them out two at a time, whilst the others remain in their portable park. Polly is very cautious, being out in the open with crows flying overhead and will keep coming back to the run to check all's well. Even with only two quail chicks out it is hard work - quail feathers are so well camouflaged in the long grass but they have such a great time it is well worth it. One chick gets a taste for a plantain head which was lying on the ground and then wants more...
You don't need a greenhouse for quail -- although these two greenhouses cost very little to make and their main function is to provide us with vegetables. The quail also do an excellent job of cleaning up green and whitefly! For more images of the greenhouses and other uses for recycled pallet wood and windows go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/Organikmechanic
jteubler1 year ago
Such a great video a real pleasure to watch and very inspiring I may have to get a few quails now =) thanks for posting this
Pavlovafowl (author)  jteubler1 year ago
Thanks for your kind comments! Quail are great to keep, hope you do get some. I also have some more information on my blog and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. All the best, Sue
lifgrd2 years ago
How do the eggs help with hayfever?
Pavlovafowl (author)  lifgrd2 years ago
There is a well-documented link between allergy and a lack of certain trace elements, necessary for the proper functioning of immune system. This can happen because of bad diet and/or stress and environmental pollution. Quail eggs contain certain proteins and trace elements such as riboflavin and selenium, which rebuild the bodies defenses. Once you have enough of these elements in your body (and the amounts we are talking about are tiny), you no longer have the allergies. A person should however, also look at their lifestyle and diet, otherwise they will need a constant supply of quail eggs to keep themselves allergy-free. My husband Andy came from a very polluted industrial area of the UK and also had a very stressful job, so over the years had used up his body's bank of trace elements. Once he had eaten the quail eggs, just those first few were enough to cure him. He now lives in a rural environment, eats an organic diet and although still probably gets some stress now and again has enough nutrients in his diet to maintain a healthy immune system. In other words, the quail eggs get your immune system functioning correctly and get rid of the allergies and then you go on from there. If you google quail eggs and health you will find it's not just hay fever but a whole raft of illness and conditions they can deal with. Just make sure you get organic quail eggs. Best Wishes, Pavlovafowl aka Sue
thattori2 years ago
There, do hens tease quails?

Here, hens tend to tease quails, so I created quail house.
Pavlovafowl (author)  thattori2 years ago
Hi! Thanks for watching.
The answer is yes they would be teased if left to free-range without the Mother hen. In a flock a Mother hen and chickens have top status so generally they are left alone. Once the quail start to get adventurous and start flying further than just a couple of metres I put them in a run or in the greenhouse. I would be very interested in seeing your quail house and will check through your Instructables. Best Wishes from France, Pavlovafowl aka Sue
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Adorable!!
Pavlovafowl (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
Thanks! Much appreciated.
rimar20002 years ago
How beautiful they are!
Pavlovafowl (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Thanks so much for your comment!