I had a nest of quail eggs in my container on my patio. They come back each year to lay their eggs. I had a explosion of babies on Monday. They stay in my backyard for several days and are still there as I am writing this. They are good parents even though they kick them out of the nest right away. They are small really small and oh so darn cute. I had 20 of these little ones running around in my backyard. The parents are always near by and walking along with them exploring and teaching. The babies stay with their parents until fully grown. A little about them here.
Gambel's quail primarily move about by walking and can move surprisingly fast through brush and undergrowth. They are a non-migratory species and are rarely seen in flight. Any flight is usually short and explosive, with many rapid wingbeats, followed by a slow glide to the ground. In the late summer, fall, and winter, the adults and immature young congregate into coveys of many birds. In the spring, Gambel's quail pair off for mating and become very aggressive toward other pairs. The chicks are decidedly more insectivorous than adults, gradually consuming more plant matter as they mature. Gambel's quail are monogamous and rarely breed in colonies. The female typically lays 10–12 eggs in a simple scrape concealed in vegetation, often at the base of a rock or tree. Incubation lasts from 21–23 days, usually performed by the female and rarely by the male. The chicks are precocial, leaving the nest with their parents within hours of hatching.
Guess I am lucky with my 20 eggs since here it says 10-12.
- So glad they feel safe in my yard and come back each year to hatch their babies.