How to Keep Quail Out of the Garden (for good!)

Trying to keep Quail out of your garden? First, you need to know exactly what is attracting them. Are they foraging for food? Eliminate access to anything that they may be after. Additionally, you could use a statue to scare them off, use netting to cover your garden, create a barrier between them and your garden, place shiny objects around your garden to deter them, trap them, as well as, making your own natural bird repellent.

While Quails can be quiet birds, they also can damage your garden while foraging for food. Although birds are an important aspect of our eco system, and they should be allowed to have their space to live and survive as well – that does not mean that they have the freedom to destroy the garden you have worked so hard in.

Are you tired of having to constantly fight off birds from your garden? If so, read on to discover more steps that you can take in prevention from the very beginning.

Check out these helpful tips.

Close up of Quail at bottom of tree in garden

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Cut Off the Quails Food Supply

When deterring Quail from your garden, think about what it could be that is attracting them to your garden.

Sometimes these beautiful creatures of flight are simply foraging for food along the ground within the soil and/or feeding off little insects on your plants.

Try covering your garden area to prevent the Quail from gathering amongst your plants and flowers This will make it inaccessible to them and eventually they will decide to move on.

Use a Bird of Prey Statue

Using a statue of a bird of prey is another way to scare off all birds, including Quails. These statues are created to resemble live preying birds to deter or frighten birds of all sorts.

An example of such a statue would be the screeching owl. The creation of this flying predator contains a microchip that projects a sound resembling that of an attacking hawk. It also spins.

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Use Netting for Quails

The best option for keeping birds out of any garden is as simple as using netting to keep them at bay. While this may be a better idea, there are also hazards to keep in mind. These hazards include the size of the netting and ensuring that the netting will not get tangled up with the birds and killing off the Quail.

When setting up your netting, try to do so by preventing the material from getting caught on twigs or shrubs. When creating your own DIY framework, try using items like bamboo poles, twigs, or even posts or stakes to lift the netting. Lay your covering over the framework until it reaches toward the ground. You can make an anchor by using bent wiring to protect it from the wind.

Garden Fleece can be used to cover lettuces, chard, and possibly other green varieties. You can place weight on the sides of the fleece with large rocks or fasten it down into the soil with pegs. When it comes to harvest you can then just pull it back.

Build a Barrier

Another option would be to build barriers by placing chicken wire over your seedbed. You can also use plastic cups over seedlings. Simply cut out the bottoms of the disposable cups.

Another way that you can create barriers is by using different types of hoops and placing butterfly netting through each hoop. This netting will provide protection for your crops and keep unwanted birds away. However, it still allows insects access to help pollinate your plants.

Use Shiny Objects

To help scare off Quails, or any unwanted bird, you can tie up old CDs that shimmer in the sunlight or tie out Mylar balloons and tie a shiny ribbon around them and place them throughout your garden.

Objects that can be used include aluminum cans, small mirrors, metallic wrapping paper, aluminum foil, and other reflective, shiny objects. As the light reflects off these objects birds are discouraged from coming back.

These items should be visible anywhere the birds are landing or nesting. This is a good way to help deter them, however, you want to remember to periodically move the items around. 

This is because birds will remember and/or learn not to fear the objects and that they won’t attack them. Leaving them in one place defeats the purpose.

Trap Them

If you want a humane way of removing Quail from your garden, you can always try to trap them. Quails are very fast, and they can also fly a short distance. This can sometimes make it more difficult to trap them. The only effective way to capture these birds and by cornering them slowly.

The most humane traps to use are net and cage traps. You can also try a PVC pipe trap.

Quail normally are in flocks. You will want to look around for them prior to laying your trap.

For a do-it-yourself trap, build a simple box for a trap and install an enclosed hinged door located on the top of the box. Then, make a hole toward the bottom of the trap. Quails will walk right into the hole if dig a trench leading to it and lay seeds for them to pick up.

Once trapped, transfer the Quail safely into a storage box.

To make a cardboard trap, you will want to use measurements of 50cm x 27cm x 35 cm in height. You are going to put a door flap at the very end of the top. Draw a line with a pencil about midway at the top to divide it into two parts.

Cut along the dividing line and along the side with a knife. This should create a swing door.

Next, you want to punch two holes – one on the far end of the door and another directly at the top, about 16 cm from the edge.

Take an elastic band and tie a wooden piece in place and run the elastic band through the holes. This should pull the door backward. Ultimately it should shut the door once it is triggered.

Making the trigger is not too complicated. You need a rectangular-shaped piece of cardboard. This needs to be at least the same width as the door and somewhat narrower in height.

Pull back the door opening to about 80 to 90 degrees. Lay the cardboard right above the hinge – where you created your pivot line.

Lastly, pour some seeds or bread crumbs on the cardboard and all over the top. When the bird places weight on it or moves across it, that should trigger the door to shut and trap the Quail.

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Natural Bird Repellent

Using a natural bird repellent has also been known to be effective. There are many options of bird repellent spray that you can make at home. One of the best known is a spray mixture of vinegar, chili peppers, and water.

All you must do is crush dried chili peppers (green or red) with vinegar and water. Then heat this mixture in a crockpot for several hours. This will infuse the mixture. You can also place it in a glass container and place it in the sun. After the mixture has infused, pour it into a spray bottle and mist all areas where the Quail are causing issues.


You can keep Quail out of your garden safely and humanely.

Simply observe what is attracting them and eliminate their access. You can also deter them by using netting, a prey statue, a barrier, shiny objects, repellent, or even try trapping them.

These methods have all proven to be successful in eliminating the problem. You can achieve a Quail-free garden.