Bob White Quail chicks can be shipped during their first days after hatching due to being able to survive for a few days on the large amount of egg yolk still not absorbed in their abdomen after birth.  This provides nourishment for the chick while it travels and then as soon as they arrive if plenty of chick sized food is put in front of them they will go to eating.

The Bob White population was fairly good in the 70’s, but since that time has declined roughly 82%.  Their decline has been in part due to land being cleared, thus destroying their natural habitat and leaving them with less cover to give them natural protection.

Conservationists and various state agencies have been working with land owners to bring the Bob White’s population back.  But it is a long slow process as it takes close to half a year for the Bob Whites to lay, hatch and raise to maturity their chicks.