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New to Quail Incubating

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So recently I thought it would be a cool idea to raise some quail to pass the time while im in college.  I made my own incubator out of a wooden box that i made insulated with some board insulation, a 100w light bulb, computer fan and a water heater thermostat.  I ran the incubator for about a week before i got the eggs and it holds the temp between 99.5 and 100.5 according to my 2 baby thermometers and holds at 97 with my digital one from the pet store.  Humidity ranges from 45% to 60%.  6 days ago I put 48 Jumbo Brown Couturnix in the incubator and now im on day 6 and wondering if i should start to see anything when i candle them?  I have done about 10 eggs now and I can see that about half the shell is darker and the other half allows more light to pass through.  On some eggs i see the same thing but the darker spot is lighter.  Ive read that you should start to see veins by day 7 but im not really seeing any at the moment.  If anyone has any experience in candling quail eggs could you help me out? 

 

Thanks for the help,

deer4011

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Your homemade bator sounds cool!

 

With some quail eggs I see veins clearly but if the light isn't strong enough I just see blurry shapes. The best light I've used so far seems to be my iPod flashlight.

 

Most infertile quail eggs will "glow" pretty much evenly (not sure if that makes sense) while live eggs candled at a week (or more) will block some of the light.

 

Also welcome to BYC!

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Yea Ive seen about 5 that "glow" the others have a distinct line in between where light passes through and where the embryo is but no veins.  Im using a pretty high powered led flashlight so im kinda worried im not seeing any veins in my eggs. 

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I got a different light and now i can see the veins and the chicks moving around inside.

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I got a different light and now i can see the veins and the chicks moving around inside.


That's great! :weee

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I got a different light and now i can see the veins and the chicks moving around inside.
Which light did you use? I also have a very bright LED flashlight but i saw the same thing as you did before getting a new light.
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I used a desk lamp and taped a piece of cardboard with a hole cut in it and put it in my closet so it was really dark
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Sounds good, i might try that next time.
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