Hatching Bobwhite Quail Eggs

The West Babylon Public Library is currently incubating and hatching Northern Bobwhite Quail eggs as part of a project in partnership with the Center for Environmental Education and Discovery (CEED). The purpose of this project is to help increase the quail population and in turn reduce the tick population on Long Island! Northern Bobwhite Quails are natural tick predators. Once hatched, chicks will be brought to a nature preserve out east, where they will be raised to maturity by volunteers from CEED. Once old enough, they will be released to live out in the wild. For more information visit the CEED website.

Quail Facts!

How Many Eggs Are We Hatching: 50

How Long Does it Take to Hatch: 28 Days

Remove Rotator: May 15

Expected Hatch Date: May 17


Northern Bobwhite Quail

  • The quail is a bird related to turkeys, pheasants, and partridges.
  • Quail live on every continent except Antarctica!
  • There are dozens of kinds of quail. The best-known North American quail is the northern bobwhite.
  • Most adult quail are 8 to 12 inches long.
  • The males are brown or gray. They sometimes have patterns of reddish-brown, blue, white, or black.
  • Most females are brown, tan, or gray.
  • During the fall and winter, quail live together in groups called coveys!
  • Check out World Book Kids for more info!


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