I thought I would give you guys a smallholding reality post. Life isn't as always rosy as people assume.
There's a pandemic on and no one told the local rats. Yes, rats. Horrible, dirty, nasty things. The only animal I would not waste time being upset over its loss! I do have my reasons for such strong opinions. Over the 4 plus years we have lived here, they have caused us untold hassle. We have lost both feed, eggs and animals to them. The feed can be replaced but the animals not so easily. The critters tend to pick on the smaller animals and this time it is the quail.
The rats took on the challenge and not only buried under the greenhouse but also the bricks. They can dig as well as any mole!
For now we have moved the quail back in to the nursery which has the high rise, "rat proof" cages until we figure out how to get around this. We don't like them living in there, we prefer them outside. This Sunday we will try and secure it a little better. Maybe mesh the floor inside the frame to prevent them coming up if they dig underneath.