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PLEASE HELP YOLKY SITUATION!!!

post #1 of 9
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I need help idk what to do!!! So on august 28 i made a post i had just started to get eggs from my buttom quails and i decided to leave the eggs in nest until the quail finish and the eggs hatch naturally i have three female quails and one male long story short is now october 20 and no eggs hatching idk what to do whith the eggs at this point is almost been two months n no babys i have 37 eggs im not sure if they all layed or what is going on but from august to now is a long time any sudgestions on what can i do with this eggs they have all been sitting in d nest
post #2 of 9

Well.. I'd probably toss the eggs.If they are incubating them properly - as in all 3 hens sitting there all the time when they are not eating - you might just get a couple of chicks from the newest eggs, but with that many eggs, all 3 hens are required in order to cover them, so if only two are incubating, chances are they are switching back and forth between which eggs they cover, so all eggs go cold at some point before the incubation period is over.

post #3 of 9
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Im concern couse its been almost two months and no signs of them hatching i never really see then warming up the eggs idk if i should just leave them in the nest or take them out what would you recomend do u think the eggs will ever hatch or what should i do
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Originally Posted by DK newbie View Post

Well.. I'd probably toss the eggs.If they are incubating them properly - as in all 3 hens sitting there all the time when they are not eating - you might just get a couple of chicks from the newest eggs, but with that many eggs, all 3 hens are required in order to cover them, so if only two are incubating, chances are they are switching back and forth between which eggs they cover, so all eggs go cold at some point before the incubation period is over.
post #5 of 9

Well, if they are not incubating the eggs, they are not going to hatch - simple as that. And if the eggs are more than 14 days old when they start incubating, fertility should be very low, so most of the current eggs probably wouldn't hatch even if they did start incubating. So I still think you should just toss the eggs.

post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by DK newbie View Post

Well, if they are not incubating the eggs, they are not going to hatch - simple as that. And if the eggs are more than 14 days old when they start incubating, fertility should be very low, so most of the current eggs probably wouldn't hatch even if they did start incubating. So I still think you should just toss the eggs.
I will do that thank you very much😊
post #7 of 9

I remove the eggs every day from my birds and either toss them or boil them to feed back to them. Usually I just toss them. Guess they make great treats for dogs too.

Buttons are not to great at incubating and if they are in a trio or group sometimes they just dance like nobody's watching! In other words they lay eggs but that's it or mess around piling them up but not sitting tightly enough to hatch.

post #8 of 9

I got my group of a male and 3 hens at the end of February this year and since then they have hatched 26 chicks in 4 different incubation periods and only had 3 unsuccessful incubations - two of which were caused by another hen hatching her chicks, and the hen leaving her nest to help caring for the other chicks. The third was caused by two hens incubating too close to each other, one hen chased the other from her nest and stole most of her eggs. All hens have been broody, but I'm not entirely sure whether they've all hatched chicks - at least two of them have.

They are living in an aviary of about 5ft by 7ft, in an old barn. Sometimes they lay eggs without incubating them - then I just remove the eggs when I feel they have been in there too long. I give them a few spruce branches to hide behind in the corners and from time to time they just start incubating.. They haven't been laying since their last hatch a couple of months ago, so I assume we are done for this year, but I suspect they'll start over again next year :)

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Read that wrong...


Edited by Invision - 10/22/15 at 6:00am
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