Next year we will be adding Coturnix Quail to our flocks (we started out with just a few to try it out this year). Cages will be necessary because they are migratory birds and will fly away. Quail are important to the ecosystem and health of bees; they are native to Ohio along with other mid-western areas. They can eat smaller insects that chickens can’t see or catch. Quail love to eat moths, beetles, ticks, and mites - all of which can cause problems in honeybee colonies.
For some facts on quail in general check out:
"If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live."
- Albert Einstein
Queen Right Colonies LTD., in Spencer Ohio, is where we get all our bee needs. Denzil and Sheila have helped us through the years to get our apiary started and keep it healthy! Their website is www.queenrightcolonies.com Check it out! Pictures courtesy of the Morning Journal, and Queen Right Colonies.
We just hatched out some more chicks! Here are just a few. The dark ones are Barred Rocks, and the brown ones are Rhode Island Reds. In addition, we picked up a few older chicks from MEYER HATCHERY in Polk Ohio. Check out their website www.meyerhatchery.com