Our Wild Quail Through Release Program consists of releasing an eight week old juvenile quail in the first part of September through the first part of October. These birds are boxed in coveys of 25 birds per box and are delivered to the customer to be released into the wild at daybreak of that morning. The box we use has been specifically designed by Black Creek Quail Farm and has a current patent pending. This box allows the birds a complete stress free atmosphere with plenty of airflow throughout their travel time. STRESS FREE TRANSPORT involves a climate-controlled trailer specifically designed for hauling quail. A bird's well being in this environment until released is very critical.
Black Creek's birds are able to fly well, flee and fend for themselves. However, association with native wild birds may form an instructional bond improving natural behavior of these young and very adaptable released quail. These birds released in September & October enter into the "fall shuffle along with the native quail and distribute themselves over a wide area later forming coveys naturally. Entering the fall shuffle allows for best results where the entire population, released and native wild quail together, sort themselves out into sustainable coveys in territories with optimum food and cover.
We believe that the reason for our success with the "Wild Quail Through Release Program is due to the following:
The birds are juveniles when released, 8 weeks old.
They are genetically superior.
Produced in extremely specific environment.
Maintain strict Biosecurity standards.
Maintain certain handling conditions & techniques.
Work hand in hand with our nutritionist.
Have our own tested and proven feed formula.
Release disease free, vaccinated birds (quail pox vaccine).
"Stress Free Transport"- - Climate Controlled Trailer.
Specialized Release Box"- - (patent pending shipping box).
Release birds in sync with natural covey rhythms.
Release birds into native Bobwhite populations (instructional bond).
Optimum food and cover with predator control.
Hunting pressure that is equal to native Bobwhite Quail.
Release 1-½ birds per acre into good habitat.
Landowners who are committed to the program.
The feedback that we are receiving from our program is that Black Creek's released quail are being mistaken for native Bobwhite Quail when hunted.