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Baby quail falling in sewers

It wasn’t a pretty sight, so Bruce Hampson swung into action.

A large brood of quail — two adults and a host of tiny, fluffy babies — were walking near Hampson’s Wheeler Avenue home in Parksville when one of the youngsters suddenly disappeared from the line after falling through a sewer grate.

Hampson lifted the grate and saw there were four of the mini quail in distress. He saved three. One drowned.

“I don’t know how many have fallen through over the years,” said Hampson. “There should be something done — it doesn’t seem right.”

To that end, Hampson said he called the city, the SPCA and the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. He said he believes some inexpensive steel meshes of some sort could stop this from happening again.

“They are beautiful little birds,” he said. “It would be kind of nice to save them — they are so cute.”

The city doesn’t believe there’s much it can do about the situation.

“Good on him (Hampson) for taking the grate out and rescuing the little guys,” said City of Parksville spokesperson Debbie Tardiff.

The city has approximately 1,400 catch basins like the one that felled the tiny quail on Wheeler Avenue.

“Realistically, it is not manageable to run around and put screens on them,” said Tardiff.

Robin Campbell of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre also didn’t believe there’s much his organization could do about the issue.

“I’m sympathetic to the whole situation,” said Campbell. “It’s an ongoing problem, not necessarily quail but baby ducks.”

Source: http://www.pqbnews.com/news/212365351.html

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Different types of quail cover

The northern bobwhite is the native quail species found throughout Arkansas. These predominantly ground-dwelling birds are primarily found in areas that contain large amounts of edge habitat. Edges are boundaries between different habitat types or land use practices.

The home range of a quail covey can cover as little as 20 acres up to 160 acres. In that home range, quail require various types of habitat, including: escape cover, nesting habitat, brood rearing habitat and feeding and loafing areas.

So, what is a “covey headquarters” and how does it fit into the equation for great quail habitat? Covey headquarters are patches of escape cover with dense, shrubby canopy cover and little ground-level vegetation. Headquarters are used by quail on a daily basis to provide protection against severe weather and predators along with resting and loafing areas.

The percentage of the landscape designated as covey headquarters can range up to 20 percent of the total area, with the remainder set aside for the other habitat components needed by quail. Covey headquarters should be provided in clusters of not less than 30 feet by 50 feet blocks of shrubs that are not more than 150 feet apart, which will allow the quail to have quick access to their escape cover if the need arises.

Shrubs that serve well for this habitat component include: wild American and Chickasaw plum, fragrant and smooth sumac, rough-leaved dogwood, deciduous holly, cockspur hawthorn and American beautyberry. Plum thickets are an excellent example of quail convey headquarters and occur naturally on many properties across Arkansas.

Existing Thickets — Protect and manage any existing plum or other shrubby thickets on your property. These shrubby thickets can be improved to better benefit quail. If invasive grass species take over the ground-level cover, those grasses should be treated with a herbicide, timing depending on whether they are warm season or cool season. This will re-open that ground-level cover making it easier for quail to move throughout the headquarters. Also, any over-hanging or adjacent trees to the plum thicket should be removed from the area. This strategy will help reduce predation from overhead predators and also provide a clear flight path for quail to escape from ground predators.

Creating Thickets — If thickets do not occur naturally on your land, they can be established by planting seeds, seedlings or container-grown shrubs. For beautyberry, dogwood and sumac, spacing should be on a 3 foot by 6 foot spacing. Other shrubs can be planted on a 5 foot by 8 foot spacing. Just remember, thickets intended for use as covey headquarters should be established in edge habitat, those areas of transition between habitat types and in open fields lacking shrubby cover. After you have identified the best location for your headquarters, the existing vegetation should be controlled using an herbicide before you plant the shrubs. This will promote the growth of your new plantings as well as open the ground-level cover to facilitate quail movement throughout the new headquarters.

Headquarter Maintenance — Whether you have existing or newly planted covey headquarters, you should avoid damaging these when conducting other habitat management practices on your property, i.e. prescribed burning or disking. Herbicides can be used to control invasive grasses within and around your thickets; however care should be used to avoid spraying shrubs. Also, livestock should be excluded from these areas to maintain the integrity of the thicket as a quail covey headquarters.

Source: http://www.magnoliareporter.com/sports/individual_team_sports/article_3631b0d2-d4ca-11e2-999a-001a4bcf887a.html

Japanese quail farming possesses enormous potential

Japanese quail farming possesses enormous potential

Lahore- Although chicken is the major source of meat and eggs in Pakistan but efforts are being made for exploiting other suitable economical sources for the production of meat and eggs. Towards this end, quail farming seems to be the most promising and one of the best alternate sources for production of meat and eggs.

This was revealed in a research paper, conducted by a scholar, Jibran Hussain for his Ph.D thesis, who hopes the new research would bring a great revolution in avian industry. The research is supervised by Dr Muhammad Akram, Chairman Department of Poultry Production UVAS.

Jibran Hussain, who is also a lecturer at Avian Research and Training (ART) Centre, told The Nation that he conducted a research on improvement in three-week body weight in Japanese quail through different techniques of selective breeding and has got very promising results in this regard.

His research paper reveals that Japanese quail (Coturnix Coturnix Japonica) is a type of popular commercial line which is known as “betair” inPakistanand has certain specific advantages. The quail can be used for meat production within a very short period of time (4-5 weeks) and mature at an early age of 6 weeks.

While informing about the situation of quail farming inPakistan, the researcher maintained that quail farming possess enormous potential but remained as one of the neglected components of poultry sector in the country. About 4 decades back, breeding stock of hybrid Japanese quail with good genetic potential for excellent growth performance, better egg production, egg quality and hatching traits as compared to local quail called “Betair” was imported in the country. But unfortunately, genetic potential of this imported quail has been deteriorated due to continuous inbreeding/uncontrolled breeding. At the same time no serious attempt was made to improve the genetic potential of the native quails.

This very poor situation of quail farming in the country brought about a challenge to the researchers from theUniversityofVeterinaryand Animal Sciences,Lahore, to adopt all the strategies to make this meat production system economical and commercially viable.

While unveiling the details of his study, the researcher informed The Nation that day old body weight in generations 1 was about 6.68g which raised up to 7.80 gm in generation three. The same was the trend in 1st and 2nd week body weight that showed an increasing pattern. The most promising results were observed in three week body weight that increased from 104 gram to 116 gram after two generations of selection. Caloric and protein intake per gram body weight gain also decreased with the advancement in generations. As the generations progressed, selective breeding showed positive impact regarding mortality rate as it reduced significantly from 1st to 3rd generation.

While concluding the results of his research, Jibran said that selective breeding in quail is quite successful and can also be multiplied in other avian species in order to improve their production performance in our local environmental conditions.

Source: http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/business/09-Jun-2013/japanese-quail-farming-possesses-enormous-potential

How to protect chickens from foxes

This is a great article by Andy Blackmore and I thougbht would prove useful for all us poultry keepers!  You can read more of Andy’s great blogs HERE

Know your enemy: Mr Fox makes a wily opponent for those new to poultry keeping (Picture: Getty)
Know your enemy: Mr Fox makes a wily opponent for those new to poultry keeping

Even if you’ve decided that keeping urban chickens is not for you it’s a fair bet you will encounter their nemesis – the fox. The first thing that says you are the subject of unwanted fox attention is the disagreeable smell – a sharp choking musty aroma – an unpleasant amalgam of musk, blocked drains and stale urine.

Foxes are wily adversaries of those inexperienced in keeping poultry. And any small mistake will be punished unmercifully – so let’s take it as red that your coop or hutch is sturdy, strong and perhaps has even been sold to you as fox proof.

Even so you might want to consider a little help in skewing things further in your favour  – so here are a few suggestions.

Electric fencing: Foxes check everything with their noses first so it shouldn’t take too many shocking encounters for them to get the message. While being the most obvious solution it can seem quite expensive – but worth it to protect both your investment and your feathered friends.

Light and sound: Leaving a radio on in the coop overnight can be very effective simply because a fox would generally prefer not to be in the presence of humans and simple lighting arrays that mimic the eyes of another predator like the Nite Guard Solar can also work wonders.

Sonic repellents: They do work but you get what you pay for and as they start at around £20. But remember these will be audible to dogs; so opt for models that only sound when they detect a threat and not one on all day – or you could send your pets barking mad.

Chemical repellents: There are a couple on the market but Scoop is widely acclaimed as the most effective product of its type on the market. It’s totally safe for use in gardens, near chickens, on plants and edible crops and is humane, bio-degradable and very effective.

Scent marking: Most of us won’t have access to Lion dung (as used by one well known comedian to protect his brood) but we have the next best thing – for free. This involves directly mimicking the territorial behaviour of a fox by the application of male urine to your boundaries – I’ll leave issues of supply and demand to your imagination. However, if that’s too much for you, consider using human hair (male works best), either your own after a cut or try asking at your local barbers. Stuff some into a pair of old tights and hang around the margins of your garden – good luck.

Source: http://metro.co.uk/2013/06/11/pet-blog-how-to-protect-chickens-from-foxes-3836084/

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A bird in the hand

Two buddies out for a quail hunt in Texas got the surprise of their life when one lucky man managed to catch the small bird with his bare hand.

Pastor Matt Carter was enjoying some guy time with his friend, NFL quarterback Colt McCoy, when the astonishing episode occurred.

Video of the amazing feat has exploded on the web and has been viewed over 85,000 times on YouTube since it was uploaded to the site on Monday.Divine Instinct Divine instinct: Pastor Matt Carter was out for a quail hunt when the bird approached and he simply reached out his hand for the catchUnbelievableBeyond belief: Dressed in his hunting gear and with his double-barrel shotgun in one hand, the minister managed to catch the quail by simply reaching out his handVictory is mine:Victory is mine: The Austin pastor raised his hand in triumph, with a smile of satisfaction at his clever catch

Pastor Carter, who founded the Austin Stone Community Church, explained how the awesome incident happened by chance while he and McCoy, the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, were taping a video as part of their curriculum for their men’s Bible Study, The Real Win: A Man’s Quest for Authentic Success.

The duo had a film crew capturing footage of them explaining their curriculum while in the great Texas outdoors, when Carter couldn’t help but seize the moment when the opportunity presented itself.

The minister was dressed in jeans, a tan hunting shirt, bright orange vest and a camo baseball hat as he strolled along an open field near Austin.

With his double-barrel shotgun upright and perched against his shoulder, the man wasn’t ready to aim and fire but when the quail approached, the quick thinking man simply reached out his hand and caught the bird in his grasp.Nice one:Nice one: The pastor’s hunting partner, NFL quarterback Colt McCoy laughed in astonishment at his friend’s amazing encounter with natureMale bonding: Male bonding: Carter was out with the NFL player to capture footage of the pair together for the men’s Bible Study they co-authored, The Real Win: A Man’s Quest for Authentic SuccessThe HuntedThe hunted: The quail looked calm as it rested in the minister’s hand. Its unknown if the bird fell prey to the hunters or if it was released into the wild

The video was uploaded to YouTube on Monday and took the web by storm.

But skeptics took to the video channel to voice their disbelief, posting comments to the clip’s homepage.

‘I think this is fake. A bird wouldn’t just fly near you and if they did they’d glide fast and high,’ one user wrote in a comment.

But the man of God insisted that the bird encounter was not staged.

‘It’s been funny reading people’s comments. They think its fake. It’s random but it really happened …I can’t believe I caught it either…happened really fast,’ he wrote on his Twitter account, to his more than 28,000 followers.

‘As a hunter…The older you get, the more anointing and favor the Lord shows you,’ he added.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2324610/Amazing-moment-pastor-quail-hunt-NFL-quarterback-manages-catch-small-bird-bare-hand.html?ico=ushome%5Eeditors_choice_six_of_the_best

Lincoln Charter students look after quail eggs

Lynsey Waddle’s second-grade classroom at Lincoln Charter’s Denver campus is anxiously awaiting the results of its latest experiment.

The class is the only one in the county participating in the “4-H Embryology Hatching Project,” which is correlated with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for second grade and is designed especially for youth between second and seventh grades.

Through the three-week project, students learn about the life cycle from quail egg to bird.

Twelve 4-H families are also participating in the project, said April Dillon, Cooperative Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development.

Participants were distributed 20 quail eggs, along with 4-H incubators, on April 18, after receiving the necessary curriculum training. They were then required to set their eggs by April 22, with all quail returned to Lincoln County 4-H by this Monday.

“Some 4-H’ers will keep their quail if they have received a wild game bird permit, and others will return their quail to the 4-H office to be raised by a permitted individual,” Dillon noted.

With most due to hatch this week (and some having already done so), the anticipation is building.

Waddle said Tuesday afternoon that she expects her classroom’s quail eggs to be hatching at any moment, having spotted a crack in the shell of one of them in the morning.

The first-year teacher, who has 24 students in her class, received 23 eggs, though four weren’t fertilized.

She jumped at the chance to participate in the project, despite no real-life experience of her own on the subject.

“I’m no egg expert,” she said.

However, she knew it would provide her another way to instruct her students besides just talking to them.

“I feel like it brings the life cycle to the classroom,” she said of the hands-on approach to teaching that particular course unit.

She also raised butterflies with the class, which hatched just last week.

And while these projects certainly teach specific aspects of science, their scope goes beyond the textbook.

Waddle said her students are also learning responsibility, as well as how to solve problems and make and develop their own plans.