Originally Posted by blessedwithboys
I have been considering trying to trap the quail that run through my yard but I would feel terrible if I took a mama away from her babies. Is there a better time of the year to do this or do they breed al year long? I'm in FL, no winter here.
If I did catch them, I would want to keep some for eggs, eat some, and hopefully breed the layers for more eggs and meat. Is that even possible?
I'm no expert here, but I know there are laws against keeping wild animals. For example Gambel's Quail are native to my area and very plentiful. But it is against the law to own them because they are a native species. It is also illegal to kill them if it's not quail hunting season. Maybe call your local fish and game department to see what laws there may be. Especially if you plan to kill and eat them.
Not sure what species of quail are in your area. I know that the kind I have are domesticated and bred to be good egg layers and meat providers. Not sure how the native quail would compare and if it would be worth it to keep them. Also they may not be as happy as domesticated quail being kept in a pen.
I easily found several quail breeders in my area through Craigslist, and I paid $3 each for my babies. I have since found a guy closer that will sell me babies for $2 each, and will give me $1 credit to trade in my male quail for another batch of babies. It was a simple thing to start up.