2003, we were fortunate to be able to hatch
Bobwhite Quail on EGG Cam. The eggs were
donated by a local producer who allowed
us to hatch the birds and then we returned
them to his licensed game farm.
Quail (Northern Bobwhite) is a popular game
bird. In the wild, quail need to have a
mixture of habitat - woodlands, brush, grass,
and croplands. Quail are social birds that
gather in groups called "coveys." As many
as 10 to 30 birds may form a covey in which
they forage (look for food) and roost (rest)
female quail is called a "hen".
The male quail is called a "cock".
The baby quail is called a "chick".
eggs hatch after 23 days of incubation.
The chicks are very small and weigh only
1/6 ounce when they hatch - about the size
of a bumblebee. After they hatch, quail
chicks are immediately able to move around
on their own and feed themselves. In the
wild, the chicks stay near the adults to
keep warm. In just one week of hatching,
the quails wings have grown enough that
they can fly in short hops or make short
flights to get away from predators. By the
time the chicks are 15 weeks old, they are
nearly full grown and look just like the
adults. It is not easy being a quail. Only
20 percent of the baby chicks make it until
the next year.
are seed eaters but they will also eat fleshy
fruits, bugs, insects, and snails.
Game & Parks Commission: Learn about
the Bobwhite Quail - a native Nebraska Bird.
Game & Parks Commission: Hear what
a Bobwhite Quail Sounds Like
Cam Resources: - Resources on incubating
and raising chickens, ducks and more.
Cam Photos & Movie Clips
chick Photo Credits: V. Jedlicka, University
of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster