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Quail Egg Candling and Fertility

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I picked up a few dozen coturnix quail eggs from a local guy and popped them in the incubator last Friday.  So this is day 6 or 7 today.  Every single one of them looks clear.  I see no veins or variation between any of the eggs.  I'm having trouble finding images online of quail candling timelines.  I know with turkey eggs you have to wait longer to see development.  With chickens it would be obvious by now.  Just not sure with quail.

 At what point is a clear egg a definitive 'infertile'?  I am hesitant to believe all 50 eggs are infertile, he's got a really nice set up.  I've hatched quail eggs but never actually bothered candling them before.  Can anyone link me some resources?  Thanks!

post #2 of 4

I can usually see development from 3 days in my quail eggs.

After a week it should be clear as day which grew and which didnt.

 

 

Here is a video I took of one of my eggs at 8 days.

https://www.facebook.com/Monkau/videos/10206771127693639/?l=6581431458551561637

 

 

this is 12 days: https://www.facebook.com/Monkau/videos/10206804493767770/?l=8227616918111829719

post #3 of 4
Give it two more days. Coturnix eggs are really hard to candle if you dpnt have experience with them. By day 9 a forming chick will obscure the light if there is one in the egg.
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I intend to give them the full incubation period unless I get stinkers.  I'm not going to assume they're infertile without some experience.  I will re-candle in a few days.   I've got a really strong light for candling, could that be hindering my visibility on these tiny eggs?  I can try a lower-powered light for it...

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