Sage Whiz Quiz | What Do You Know About Sage Grouse Chicks?

October 5, 2017

Day-old sage grouse chick. Photo: Tony Apa, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Fun Facts About Chicks

Sage grouse chicks hatch in ground nests about one month after hens lay eggs. Photo: Joe Smith

Sage grouse chicks hatch in ground nests about one month after hens lay eggs. Photo: Joe Smith

1. Hens lay 6-10 eggs in ground nest, typically beneath a sagebrush.

2. Chicks hatch after about 4 weeks.

3. They emerge from the eggs covered in down, and with their eyes open.

4. Survival rates for broods vary between 15 and 70 percent.

5. The longer chicks stay near water in the fall, the better the odds for surviving the winter.

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Sagebrush country sustains 350 species as well as hundreds of rural communities and our way of life in the American West. The Sage Grouse Initiative works with ranchers on these conservation strategies that benefit working lands and wildlife.

In 2017, we launched our Mesic Conservation Strategy to protect the wet, green places that sage grouse chicks, livestock, and a host of other wildlife depend upon.

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The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.