The quail hatched on March 26, making them about ten days old today. Here are two photos comparing them.
This is a photo taken on their hatchday. They were tiny, cuddly and downright cute.
Here are the same chicks on their tenth day. Look at the feathers! When we took the photos today, four of them jumped out of the brooder after I removed the lid and actually flew a few feet! They were not easy to catch, but we successfully got all of the vagabonds back into captivity. With all of the owls hooting around, Bishop the barn cat, Kestrels hovering around and other assorted hunters, I think the quail are content to be held captive. I will soon be able to distinguish between males and females. Males have a orange tint to their chest and the females remain white.
The females will lay eggs at seven weeks. They must be teenager quail right now.