As most of you know, I was eager to try out the quail tractor this year. The city ordinances where I live are written strictly but it seems rarely enforced. In order to bypass the ordinance I had decided to go with quail-quiet small birds good for eating and for laying eggs.
Well I spent the last weekend searching for a source. It seems that Tractor Supply quit ordering them (after definitely telling me that they would be here come March) and the local source decided to raise Bobwhite quail instead of Coturnix. I’m not a fan of bobwhite quail in my current conditions.
So I started searching Craiglist and ended up finding a few potential sources for birds. On a whim I called a guy in Southern Ohio (I can give you the name and number if you’re interested) who was raising two of absolute favorite breeds of chickens – Golden Campines and Sebrights. It turned out that he had a lot of Sebright chicks left. I didn’t want Campines since they are slightly larger and very skittish. So I made my mind up to go get the Silver Sebrights.
Now this could potentially violate city ordinance but since I will keep them in my garage for some time, this leaves me some wriggle room.
Here is a picture of what a Silver Sebright looks like.
I’ve raised these birds before. They are intelligent, small, brave, gentle and friendly. And while I would have eaten some quail (but not a Sebright), quail would not have been near as friendly. This seemed like the best option (or an impulse buy designed to help me relive days gone by). The Sebrights are decent layers and should be laying by fall. They will make great pets and are extremely small- one of the smallest of all bantams.
My wife’s reaction when I told her via text: CHICKIES! YAY! Then: U have a brooder? (She knows what a brooder is!).
Needless to say, I am now the proud owner of 6 Silver Sebright chicks, a week old. Here’s how the family reacted.
Did I do right?