Here at Sheep Pasture we have been patiently awaiting the arrival of quail chicks. One of our Teacher/Naturalist, Leslie, was able to capture a video of one of these adorable quails hatching. As you can tell from the video, we only intervene in the hatching process if it's absolutely necessary. Chicks will usually only break open their shells when they are strong enough. Mother Nature has equipped these hatchlings with the basic tools to emerge from the shell on their own. Most birds have an egg tooth that is used to break through the shell while hatching. This process is called pipping. The egg tooth will then fall off a few days after hatching.
NatureTalk is a new blog by the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT). If you aren't familiar with us, NRT is a member supported, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to environmental education and land conservation. The NRT runs Sheep Pasture, a beautiful 154-acre land trust located on Main Street in North Easton. Our new NatureTalk blog will provide you with the latest in nature and science news, information about local ecology, and updates about new happenings at the NRT. We hope you enjoy it!
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