A farmer was understandably giddy to film the adorable moment when his bumblebee-sized baby ‘king’ quails stampeded through his home.
Bernard Henry raises birds on his farm as pets and recently hatched a baker’s dozen of the small species which he now keeps in his home, and watching them charge about is too cute to handle.
The 29-year-old man from New Milford, Connecticut has been hatching birds as a hobby for a decade, but specifically “loves” quail.
Henry let the quails fluff up in the incubator for a few days and transferred them to a small heated pen in his house.
“These tiny ones in the video are called button or king quail and are the smallest species of quail that I raise,” said Henry. “They’re the size of bumblebees when they hatch!”
He now has 60 quails in total on his flower farm, as well as 90 other birds including pheasants, chickens, ducks, and peafowls.
“I name a few of my favorites but it’s hard to name them all,” he said. “Some of my favorite little quail are called Boots, Dash, Jet, Quinn, Finn, Jake, and Daisy.”
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Bernard’s videos are a hit online where they have garnered over 35 million views on TikTok.
“I love that everyone’s just as obsessed with these tiny creatures as I am. In person, it’s even more incredible to see just how small these little birds are when they first hatch,” he said. “Videos and pictures sometimes don’t do them justice.”
“I try and compare them to everyday items like the tip of an iPhone charger or a water bottle cap to try and show my followers just how microscopic button quail chicks are!”
Bernard’s gang of 13 quails is set to increase in numbers as he plans to more than double the amount of chicks during the next hatch.
He gets up every morning to feed and let out the birds and animals so they can roam freely over an acre of land, while supplementing their diet with feed. For so many birds, he spends about $200 a week on food.
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