Quail Egg Hatching!

Their official due date is tomorrow, but one is slightly ahead of the game.  One of our little Italian coturnix quail eggs has pipped and is beginning to hatch.

See that black and white egg in the middle?  See the crack in the middle of the black near the left end?  There is a quail beak right behind there.  I haven’t seen the beak yet, but I did see a flap of the shell bounce outward as the quail pecked behind it!  So exciting to know that they survived the shipping and the incubation.

Perhaps by tomorrow, the chick will be completely hatched.  Right now, it seems to be sleeping.  It is tremendously hard work, being born.

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