We've got a large backyard and it has been home to several quail families over the years. Our yellow lab Aniston is dragging dead baby quail onto our patio. We love our dogs but we love our quail as well. Any thoughts?
Supervise the dog.
Great answer. Thank you. Is your dog supervised 100% of the time while loose in the backyard?
Our yard is about 1/3 acre and totally enclosed with 6 & 8 foot stucco block wall. The dogs do spend some time there unsupervised but come in when they feel like it and spend most of their time in the house. We bought this house for the dogs to have some place to run and play. We can't, and shouldn't have to, supervise them 100% of the time.
This problem will "self correct". The quail will find a new spot to nest, NOT IN YOUR YARD.
We figured out what was going on and it appears Aniston got a bum rap. There is a stray cat in the neighborhood that is raiding our quail nests. Other block watch neighbors have complained as well. It seems that Aniston found these dead birds and she proudly brought them to my wife who was absolutely horrified. I guess that Aniston's retriever lineage took over and she thought we'd be happy. Wrong. We still have several quail nests in the back yard and many more in the front yard. Wish there was something we could do about the stray cats that have been a problem for years.
Good to see the bird dog dna to retrieve them is still there!😄