First clutch, Quail eggs, Inc day 5?
First off, welcome to BYC!
I know nothing about incubating quail, but it seems like you have a huge temperature range in your incubator. if you don't have a fan, the temp should be 101-102 taken at the top of the eggs. (38-39C). If your temps are running too low, on average, eggs won't develop properly.
Good luck with your hatch, and I hope someone with more knowledge will stop by soon!
Edited by miniqoos - 3/2/16 at 4:18pm
I ran at 99.5-100 (37.5-38.2) No way would I expect 45 to be safe!!
What's your humidity running?
That amount of water should work for the first 15 days, might need a little more surface area of water for the last few. If you could pick up a hygrometer before then, it could be helpful.
Here is a pic I took last night, Day 8. Nice and healthy, so here's what you should see in a few days. 3 days is really too early to see much through these shells, especially with the speckles hiding so much. It will be obvious if they are clear in a few days though, because they should be darker, and not let much light pass through. If the whole egg lights up, its probably not fertile.
The blue line is my circling of the air cell in the big end.
This was day 10 of my last set, so this is what you should be looking for
** Notice the air cell growth from my drawn line on day 7 to where it is on day 10.
Wow such great pics I hope I see them that clearly in a few days fingers crossed, what did yu use to draw the air lines with? I will definitely increase the water surface area from day 14 any advice on what to use? I was thinking some are 6 days today and some are 9 days as they have been in the inc for 7 days now so I'm not counting the first day they went in but the person I got them from said they don't sell any eggs over 3 days old so I'm thinking a few could be older when posted could this be possible? Thanks again
x2! Age of the egg before incubating is fine up to 10-15 days old. After that can drop off hatchability, but 3 days laid is great!
I draw my lines with a Sharpie permanent marker. Always thought it was bad, found a video where a kid colored the whole outside of eggs with markers and didn't affect the hatch at all. Researched it further and found nothing negative. I used pencil before, but it can rub off when you turn or candle. But you can use whatever you like! (although I wouldn't use a ballpoint pen, just because of the tip maybe damaging the shell) I've used the marker for my last several hatches with no bad effects!
Its hard to guess the amount of water without a hygrometer, but if any condensation forms, its too much. You want it basically heavy in the air, but not enough to condensate. If its too wet, they can drown. If its too dry, they pip and the membrane dries out and they can get stuck.