How To Raise Wildlife for Release into its' Environmental Habitat

Phase I Baby Ducklings - Three days old, Learning about Water!

ARE THEY REAL?   Yes!  Three Days Old!
ARE THEY REAL? Yes! Three Days Old!
Phase I Conditioning Baby ducklings, getting them into the water at a young age, but being sensitive to temperature as their eggs were incubated.
Phase I Conditioning Baby ducklings, getting them into the water at a young age, but being sensitive to temperature as their eggs were incubated.

Backyard environmental replentishing...

Hatching and Raising quail is simple and beneficial to the environment.   You can use a plastic container with a heat lamp and poultry feed from Wal-mart!         First step:  Decide what kind of environmental repair you can handle.
Hatching and Raising quail is simple and beneficial to the environment. You can use a plastic container with a heat lamp and poultry feed from Wal-mart! First step: Decide what kind of environmental repair you can handle.

The "Great Move" from Brooder to Outdoor Habitat I

Habitat I is 16'X8', it has metal crates for roosting, shut at night for added protection, and is covered top to bottom with chicken wire.
Habitat I is 16'X8', it has metal crates for roosting, shut at night for added protection, and is covered top to bottom with chicken wire.
Top Hats and Quail co-habitating in Habitat I, next step, Quail will be released into the environment in two weeks, "Top Hats" a couple weeks later.
Top Hats and Quail co-habitating in Habitat I, next step, Quail will be released into the environment in two weeks, "Top Hats" a couple weeks later.
The Markings of the California Quail are darkening, their feathers showing more blue.
The Markings of the California Quail are darkening, their feathers showing more blue.
Both Top Hats and Quail seek their familiar plastic bins when disturbed, they will be left inside the Habitat for a while.
Both Top Hats and Quail seek their familiar plastic bins when disturbed, they will be left inside the Habitat for a while.
Gimbel Quail get along well with the California Quail, sometimes known to mate.
Gimbel Quail get along well with the California Quail, sometimes known to mate.
Tree limb added inside the Habitat for Roosting, perching. Quail sometmes hide in the tree at night.
Tree limb added inside the Habitat for Roosting, perching. Quail sometmes hide in the tree at night.

Ducks eat slugs, snails and love swimming, just a kiddie pool will do.

This is Daiseyduck,  she gets along fine with our dogs and has a favorite spot on our hillside,  we raised her in an old rabbit hutch then she learned to roam our backyard.  She helps reduce the snails and slugs that are attracted by my gardens.
This is Daiseyduck, she gets along fine with our dogs and has a favorite spot on our hillside, we raised her in an old rabbit hutch then she learned to roam our backyard. She helps reduce the snails and slugs that are attracted by my gardens.
  These are the Baby Peacocks, "Wayne & Annie", they are a family favorite, docile and calm, they take us in stride!
These are the Baby Peacocks, "Wayne & Annie", they are a family favorite, docile and calm, they take us in stride! | Source
 There are unexpected pops of color in every nook and cranie, as well as along the Secret Pathways.
There are unexpected pops of color in every nook and cranie, as well as along the Secret Pathways.
The National Wildlife Federation has Certified our home as a "Wildlife Habitat" which means we have provided all the elements wildlife need to thrive and raise their young.
The National Wildlife Federation has Certified our home as a "Wildlife Habitat" which means we have provided all the elements wildlife need to thrive and raise their young.
Baby Peacocks,"Wayne & Annie" playing quietly in the secret garden.....
Baby Peacocks,"Wayne & Annie" playing quietly in the secret garden.....
Daisey is patiently awaiting the date when our six baby black ducks can be transitioned outside, she is already bonding with them at "swimtime"!
Daisey is patiently awaiting the date when our six baby black ducks can be transitioned outside, she is already bonding with them at "swimtime"!
Our floral and fauna greatly benefit from the natural fertilizers available here.
Our floral and fauna greatly benefit from the natural fertilizers available here.

There are so many types of habitats to choose from for the safety and comfort of your wild life, check online!

This is a great example of a years round habitat for chickens and other animals and birds that do not require extra heat in the cold months.  Some only require the addition of an infrared lamp to warm the indoor  area  especially during the night.
This is a great example of a years round habitat for chickens and other animals and birds that do not require extra heat in the cold months. Some only require the addition of an infrared lamp to warm the indoor area especially during the night.

Environmental Oasis in the Middle of Citylife

  A New Beginning, for our environment, for generations to come, for the wildlife of America!
A New Beginning, for our environment, for generations to come, for the wildlife of America!
Not a huge backyard, but a sizable backyard because it has generational purpose!
Not a huge backyard, but a sizable backyard because it has generational purpose!
 No Longer will our backyard be a typical Los Angeles County backyard!   We are a Nationally Certified Wildlife Habitat.
No Longer will our backyard be a typical Los Angeles County backyard! We are a Nationally Certified Wildlife Habitat.

The baby Quail are growing sooo Fast!!!

When disturbed Quail babies huddle together for warmth and security.
When disturbed Quail babies huddle together for warmth and security.
When you reposition the light source, the babies follow it.
When you reposition the light source, the babies follow it.
I always cover the light bulb with cardboard that has holes to protect the birds when they hop up, so they can't burn themselves on the heat lamp.
I always cover the light bulb with cardboard that has holes to protect the birds when they hop up, so they can't burn themselves on the heat lamp.
This is an old rabbit hutch we use for the older baby Quail.  Our rabbits are roaming free in our Pine forest so they don't need it any longer.
This is an old rabbit hutch we use for the older baby Quail. Our rabbits are roaming free in our Pine forest so they don't need it any longer.
  Making the move into the outdoor pen/aviary seemed to go more easiy than I had anticipated.
Making the move into the outdoor pen/aviary seemed to go more easiy than I had anticipated.
   The Quail seemed to adjust to their move their new habitat, they even adjusted to the 23 Top Hats they will co-habitate with.
The Quail seemed to adjust to their move their new habitat, they even adjusted to the 23 Top Hats they will co-habitate with.

Living beyond the Centuries, Greening up your "Carbon Footprint"

My husband and I have been marveling at the Majesty and longevity of many trees that live locally in our habitat. We also have been learning and experimenting with ways to replentish the wildlife and giving back to the earth for future generations. Do you realize that if you take some simple actions right now, you can make a difference centuries from now? Differences that will really matter, that will surpass even the people whom historians will eventually forget why their names even appear in their books?

If you have some spare time, a backyard and a bit of creativity, you have what may be the beginnings of finding new purpose for your life! You could find a new purpose that will not only fill your days with wonder and joy, but change our earthly environment into a better living environment. I have researched so many ways but today I will list two simple tasks that can begin your journey toward "immortality" very inexpensively, and yet the rewards will be so great to you personally, you may feel a bit guilty since your motivations began on behalf of others in generations to come.

One simple idea my husband and I came up with was to simply add a tree to our backyard that will grow and provide many wildlife habitats after we are long gone. We chose a Redwood Pine Tree for our yard, it is slow growing but will live for hundreds of years and even past the time our homes are here! We will not live to see it's full majesty yet future generations will enjoy the beauty of this tree and animals will be able to benefit from it's long life as well. You need to choose a tree that is suited for your environment, but know that in hundreds of years to come...even the environment and weather of your area will have changed.

The second purpose we have found for our property is to establish a wildlife sanctuary and provide a place for wildlife to have their young safely and replentish the immediate area.

*With all the new building of housing tracts in our area, the coyotes have come through, the wild raccoons and opposums have also joined in to ravage and deplete our smaller wildlife, such as wild rabbits, wild birds like pheasants and quail, and many other species. We are beginning a "hatch and release" program to provide a place for newborns and young to flourish and be prepared for their lives in the wild.

All you need is birdcages, or a rabbit hutch, 100 watt bulb heat lamps, and appropriate wildlife feed that can be found at local feedstores or even WalMart or a hardware store. You are on your way to providing a greener earth at any level of investment you choose! Over the next few months we can investigate these ideas together. Join me as I blog through this experience and comment to me any interests or new ideas you come up with. I like this concept of a "different kind of immortality". I only ask that you don't just read along with me, but you also find a way to contribute to our environment and share your experiences with me. I want to hear from you, your ideas matter!

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Wildlife seeking refuge at this Habitat

Even at four weeks old these wild Quail are not domesticated, they bunch together when people come near even when being given food & water!
Even at four weeks old these wild Quail are not domesticated, they bunch together when people come near even when being given food & water!
Hard to see through the cage, they do like to sit on branches and scratch on a shallow container of sand, they act so cute, taking sand "baths"!
Hard to see through the cage, they do like to sit on branches and scratch on a shallow container of sand, they act so cute, taking sand "baths"!
These six weeks old quail have very defined "google-berries" on their heads.  You could also call them crowns.....
These six weeks old quail have very defined "google-berries" on their heads. You could also call them crowns.....
We always dreamed of living in an atmosphere like this one, God has blessed us Greatly!
We always dreamed of living in an atmosphere like this one, God has blessed us Greatly!
  The pine forest helps to cool this wildlife habitat, very much needed in the middle of the desert!
The pine forest helps to cool this wildlife habitat, very much needed in the middle of the desert!
Wildlife is drawn to the canopy of trees during the hottest hours of the day.
Wildlife is drawn to the canopy of trees during the hottest hours of the day.

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Deborah-Lynn 3 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Thanks for your input, Ghost32, yes, I have family in Arizona and I've seen that there are still lots of "untouched" acreage that remains true to its natural ambiance. We do raise wild-life to try to replace what the hazards of wildfires wipe out as well as some wild bird species affected by change in food chain because of over populated areas encroaching upon wildlife habitation.

Also, I have addressed that we need to use water supply containers that are appropriate in accordance with age and size of the animals. That may have been included in a different, related Hub. I'll list the Link here in case you would like to read it as well. Thanks for the advice Ghost32, I think I should include that information in this Hub as well. :)


Ghost32 3 years ago

Beautiful. My wife and I aren't figuring to alter our current environment at all--but simply to preserve what is already here. I've lived all over 8 of the 11 western states and never seen anywhere near the abundance and diversity of wildlife that we have here in southern Arizona's so-called "desert".

One additional thought--if it was mentioned and I missed it while reading, my apologies: Baby ducks can and will drown if left in water for too long at one time. They aren't capable of sleeping on the water like adults can do. I once learned this the hard way with a baby mallard, forgetting to keep an eye on the "duck in the bucket" and coming back to finding a dead duckling. Years later, my wife told me a similar story, of her eldest daughter losing a duckling by letting it swim in the toilet and then going off and forgetting it.


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Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

If you have seen my baby ducklings, aren't they the cutest ever, but have you seen the new photos of "Annie & Wayne", they are baby peacocks, also check out the peacock photos I took today in my newest Hub!


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Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Thank you Teresa and London Girl, I really appreciate your support. As you can see the three day old ducklings are really taking to water, I can't stop being in awe of Nature!


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Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Wild animals should not be domesticated as they need to run free in their natural habitat and being too trusting can result in death. For this reason, most birds are handled only when neccesary, even though it is very hard to resist their total cuteness!


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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

Hi there Deborah - I heard that newborn animals have a built -in instict to make a connection with their biological parents,and they are imprinted by that first contact.They will even be imprinted by humans as being their biological parents and will tend to continue thinking that,thus they tend to stay around for that reason alone.There was a famous story recently about two men who bought a male lion pup at Harods department store in Newyork long ago and raised it for two years before releasing it back into the wild.The lion recognized them after being separated for a year I think,and the llion remembered them as friends or his parents.I think this happens at times when the animals lose their biological parents for whatever reason.I seem to have had a personal experience with a bird that took me to be it's parent and when I would make vocalizations like a bird it would imitate me.


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Taressa Klays 7 years ago from Hinton, Alberta

You have found a wonderful way to give back to the environment, by allowing nature to live comfortably, right in your own backyard. I have only known of one other person to do this within the suburbs of a small city in B.C. Canada. They too were a couple who, in my opinion and theirs, got back so much more than they gave. I will be checking back on those baby quails....they are adorable!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

great first hub - I'm a fan!

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    Deborah-Lynn 3 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

    LongTimeMother, sounds like you two are living the life! We are located in Southern California so of coarse we experience the same warnings and hazards to our wildlife. In fact we are seeing a movement of coyotes and raccoons from the State Forest Areas into our lower desert area. Peacocks love spiders by the way, we order peacock eggs by mail order, hatch them in inexpensive incubators and if you get the breed/species that are known to be quiet, you have yourself the perfect mosquito-spider eradicators! Thanks for the visit, hope we talk again real soon! Deb-Lynn


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    LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

    It is springtime here in Australia and we have been warned to expect more bushfires than usual during summer. Fire crews have been busy already along the east coast of the country. (Not sure about the west.)

    Because we live off the grid, harvest our own water and grow most of our own food, my husband and I have been getting everything ready for the growing season. One of our jobs for next weekend is getting any spiders out of the fire bunker. :)

    Written a few hubs lately and determined to create a few more. Of course that plan could change at any time. lol.


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    Deborah-Lynn 3 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

    Hi there LTM, I have been so involved with wild life, and a new breed of small dogs, and writing, editing and such, I am amazed at the amount of time that has passed since I wrote this article! What have you been doing lately?


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    LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

    4 years have passed since you wrote this hub, deborah-lynn so I guess you've seen a lot more wildlife since then. I have kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and echidnas as regular visitors to my yard. No need for cages for them ... just cages for my vegetable gardens. lol. Voted up and sharing, :)


    Rose4rm2o9 6 years ago

    Hi, I was just wondering what kind of ducks those babies in the first 2 pictures are.


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    Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

    Welcome friends, please tell me, what are you thinking? Has this Hub sparked any interest?

    Do you have a backyard, an empty corner lot, a forgotten neighborhood park?

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