Give it the titan bubble treatment. (Here comes the people that are gonna defend this thing)
Hi! I live in Las Colinas, Texas (Irving/Dallas) and we were severely impacted by the bad weather last week. We lost power on Monday, 2/15 morning and didn’t get it back until Friday, 2/19 afternoon, we had -1 degrees during this time and our condo was constantly somewhere between 37-50. We also had a pipe burst on Tuesday, 2/16 and a flood. Luckily we were able to have the wall broken to cap the broken pipe and contain the flood, but we also lost water the same day because other neighbors were having the same issue. It has been a full week now since we’ve had water and because our condo has over 300 units, we are being told that the HOA is turning on the water in phases and we may not have water for 2 more weeks. This is extremely frustrating and we have no idea what we can do for next steps. My insurance has a $2500 deductible, but I don’t know if the insurance will accept our claim and won’t hear back from them until next week.
Does anyone have any recommendations on what I can do? We don’t have water so it’s difficult to stay inside. Any legal help or guidance on how to deal with the insurance. Our HOA is completely unhelpful and ran by extremely unorganized elderly community members who have held their roles for 20+ years. We pay $400 per month for our dues and some neighbors pay more. For our dues we get community security (guards at the gate), water, very old gym, - dated clubhouse and very dated pools. Our community was built in the 70s has looks as if it hasn’t been updated since. We also haven’t been able to use the amenities due to COVID-19, but know that if the HOA does a bit of work we can make the property value go up. The location is gold and the community members are nice, but I’m very upset how their lack of planning is affecting us.
Coming from New Zealand poultry other than chicken are not that common at all. Ducks are considered game birds traditionally in New Zealand: any ducks on the table are usually results of hunting during duck shooting seasons from around May to August. The only exceptions would be the Asian background Kiwis (like me) where eating ducks is just as common as chicken. Goose and quails are unheard of, let alone pigeons.
How about your country’s traditional food or what’s actually popular (say, Chinese restaurants)? Do you get to eat ducks, goose, quails, pigeons? In your traditional cuisine or at ethnic restaurants?
There’s so many quail in the pasture behind my house! They call to each other and when they’re all chirping together it’s sounds like a bubble machine on full blast, it’s just adorable 🥰 That is all!
.. and you know what? It sucked. This wee bastard and his kin have murderkilled about $100 worth of quail in the last 3 months and I’ve been using every single ethical method I can think up to deter them. Nothing has worked. Raptor safe poison? I got one. Maybe. After the first pack that vanished overnight and gave me hope, it was never touched again. Scented deterrent spray? My ducks now smell minty fresh but I still see burrowing tunnels. Sticky traps? The rats throw leaves, sticks and dirt over the glue and go about their day withs a lovely new land bridge. Today the rat-village idiot got caught in my small game live-trap. Now, I process my own fowl, lambs and pigs. Pigs are said to be as smart as dogs and I love dogs so I feared my first pork butchering would be tough but apparently MY hogs are not at all smart as dogs. This rat, tho. It knew what was coming and it expressed things that looked like real emotions. It was HUGE, red tinged and there was a canny understanding in it’s eyes. I wasn’t risking a bite nor damage to my trap by bullet so the only thing I could think to do was a rubbish bin full of water. I feel horrible. What could I have done more humanely, please?
Looking for Quail eggs- I live in Kambah so if I could get some around here it would be great, if not that’s fine too!
I’ll try to make this concise!
My husband and I live in a small town and are planning on starting to keep a small flock of 15-20 coturnix quail - mostly for meat but to enjoy the eggs as well! Currently there are no rules against keeping quail, but livestock are against city code (basically a legal grey area because quail are considered “game birds” not poultry). So we would like to be discreet. We could technically keep them 100% in our detached garage but we’d like them to be able to have access to the outdoors.
Right now we’re between two spots in our yard. One would be the back of our garage, and they could have an indoor and an outdoor area. The downside is this is pretty visible from our alleyway and though the run wouldn’t be huge, might raise some eyebrows because it is occasionally driven by patrolling police. We’ve brainstormed som ways to disguise it with plantings, etc, but it seems like it’s going to be fairly obvious no matter what.
The other is right next to our house in a little square area that is pretty sheltered from view. There’s a 6’ privacy fence on 2 sides, our house on the other side, and the remaining side would be mostly blocked by our garden once the veggies get bigger (plus it’s pretty far away from the alley, you’d really have to be looking for it). The downside here is, I’m not sure how much of an odor quail have? And we would have a shelter for them but it wouldn’t be as protected in the winter as our garage. We live in zone 5a with a good amount of wind (South Dakota).
So my questions are: how hardy are coturnix quail? Would we be able to get away with winterizing their outdoor run and shelter, or do they need a specifically indoor area? How much does their manure smell (assuming we are cleaning up regularly and they have ample run space per bird)? And if anyone has an opinion on which location we should place their shelter & run I’d love to hear that too :)
Ive got a wooden 4 x 2 x 2 feet enclosure and ive been interested in quails for a while now. Although indoor quail care is not that common so there are little to none videos about their care. Is it possible to keep indoors? Do they smell bad? Do they make noise at night? I also have rats so im used to a little noise at night, but do they like coo at night? Does someone have a good indoor quail care video? Ive got a few more questions, but ill see how many people reply first.
so 3 months ago i started keeping and raising quail. And so far its been great fun and a cool experience all around.
However i currently have 3 birds from my very first batch which hatched late Oktober to early November 2020. They are all hens and none of them have started laying so far, despite near perfect conditions (15 hours of light, high quality feed with ca. 20 % protein, fresh water always at their disposal).
Their peers which i raised myself and which hatched late december are basically throwing eggs at me by now - so i'm wondering what's wrong with the other three.
The only difference between the two batches that i can think of is, that i cant really account for the first two months of their lives because i got them from a hatchery.
Hope someone can shine some light on this!