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Any button quail Incubating Tips?

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Hi there,


How long are button quail eggs good for? What about when considering for incubation.
Should you wash your eggs before incubating? With what?
How often should you fill the trough with water?
Do the eggs go point up or point down in cradle?
Do you have to take eggs off the cradle "rocker" in order for them to hatch? I had one chick born and survive on cradle.
If taking out cradle and placing eggs on wire, how often should you turn them daily?
How long should you wait to remove eggs after hatch date has passed?
When is it ok to start placing chicks outside? Is it?
Any other learnings you can give me would be amazing. Thanks in advance!

I've recently started incubating eggs and could use any advice. I'm using a Hova-Bator 2362N. I live in California
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Hi there,


How long are button quail eggs good for? What about when considering for incubation. 7-9 days then the fertility drops
Should you wash your eggs before incubating? With what? Never wash eggs unless you plan on eating them asap
How often should you fill the trough with water? You will need to have a hydrometer or two and the same with thermometers keep the humidity about 50% until day 13 then increase to 65-70% but no higher to keep from drowning the chicks.
Do the eggs go point up or point down in cradle? Small end down
Do you have to take eggs off the cradle "rocker" in order for them to hatch? I had one chick born and survive on cradle.You can leave them but with buttons they are so tiny that it makes more sense to take them out and place them in the incubator, on day 13. I use non slip shelf liner in the bottom of the incubator so the chicks don't get a leg stuck in the wire.
If taking out cradle and placing eggs on wire, how often should you turn them daily? remove them on day 13 from the turners and then you DO NOT TURN again. this is called lockdown.
How long should you wait to remove eggs after hatch date has passed? I give them until day 21 or 22 as the heat can be hard to have exact.
When is it ok to start placing chicks outside? Is it? You need them to go to the brooder within a few hours of drying in the incubator, DO NOT keep them in there for 24 hours as they will die without food and water. In the brooder you lower the temp from 90F down by 5 degrees a week until age 6-7 weeks when they will be okay with room temps. I would not put them outside before week 8-9 after the last molt into adult colors/feathers.
Any other learnings you can give me would be amazing. Thanks in advance!  Be sure the food, high protein, is ground small enough  then sprinkle food on the floor and place in the dish to be sure they find the dish. Put small marbles or stones in the water dish so the chicks don't fall in. But mostly...Patience and good luck!

I've recently started incubating eggs and could use any advice. I'm using a Hova-Bator 2362N. I live in California
post #3 of 5

My quail eggs ....yum !
Edited by animalslover - 10/14/15 at 2:34pm
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I washed the most recent batch of eggs in the incubator. Do you think they'll survive? Again, thank you so much for your knowledge.
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When you wash the eggs you remove them "bloom" which keeps the bacteria out of the egg/embryo. I would toss them and try again. Sorry but you don't want exploding eggs in the incubator. or worse yet deformed chicks.

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