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.
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