Quail hunting & breeding

SPLIT MOUNTAIN  QUAIL & PRESERVE, LLC

Western North Carolina's only source for

ABOUT BOBWHITE QUAIL

quail at Split Mountain quail farm


During the 1950's and 60's quail were very common in North Carolina.

But in subsequent years their numbers declined as their habitat (fields)

reverted to forests, or old farms became urban developments.   

Related to chickens and turkeys, you may have heard them referred to

as partridges, too.  



                female bobwhite quail              

                            


As we know... most birds live in trees, but not quail. 

Instead they live on the ground and at night hide in ground thickets roosting in a circle,

shoulder to shoulder, facing outwards to detect danger.

During the day they walk to hunt for food searching for insects, seeds, and fruit.

If a predator such as a snake or fox approaches they will either stay in place,

outrun the predator, or take flight.


Bobwhite quail prefer a weedy field or meadow as

native grasses and shrubs offer them protection from their predators.


To identify a male from a female just look at the feather colors on their head. 

A male has a white patch under his neck and a white line above his eye.

The female's feathers are light brown, although both genders have a combination of brown, black, white,

and buff colors which offer camouflage.



quail at Split Mountain quail farm

                                                       male & female bobwhite quails mingling                                                                    

   


CHARACTERISTICS OF BOBWHITE QUAIL


Breeding: 

1-2 clutches per summer/laying an average of 12-14 eggs per clutch.


Size: 

average length-  10"

 average weight   5-8 oz.

wingspan-  9-11"


Life expectancy:

short life span; less than 20% live to be a year old

A 3 year old quail  is considered past "middle age" 

&

a 5 year old quail would be considered very old.

Predators are the main cause of death but luckily quail are very productive breeders .


Migration:

none; they live in small flocks called coveys


 
female quail at Split Mountain quail farm

                                 female bobwhite quail                          



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828-734-9101 (cell)



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