Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Sunday, July 25, 2010 7:49 PM
Ok - So it's not the best picture in the world. But at least you should get the idea. It's a tight space to try and shoot.
As those of you who have visited Havenscourt Homested know, I like to provide my animals with enrichment. You may recall my post about the goats playing soccer. I like to mix it up for them. Well today it was the quail's turn.
Whenever I go to the feed or pet store, I'm always looking for items that I can use to provide some entertainment and fun for my animals. Having something different to do, a challenge or a treat, keeps them happy. Today, at the feed store, I scored! This little ball is actually a veggie ball for hamsters. But I took one look at it and just new if I stuffed it with suet, the little quail would have some fun.
At first, they were a little frightened of this new thing in their cage. Quail don't like change. They get skiddish. But I just hung it in there, went about my chores, and waited. When I came back into the goat shed, a few of them were checking it out. It took a little while. But once a few tentative pecks were had, well... Quail Chow Fun!
I think I'll give it to the chickens next time. I may have to just get a second.