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Newbie button quail hatching questions

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Hi all! Thought it was about time I made my own account rather than lurking and hopefully get some answers of my own!

I am incubating a small batch of button quail eggs and we are on day 15 - went into lockdown yesterday. I also have a second batch that are 5 days younger who are also in the inky.

Today when turning my younger batch I noticed what looked like a bit of dirt on one of the eggs to I picked it off but a tiny bit of shell came away- it is white underneath assuming that is membrane. Is it possible it was actually a small pip? Have not had any progress for over 6 hours.

Another one of my lockdown batch has a raised area with a few tiny cracks is this a pip? Or possible something I missed before setting the eggs sad.png

I water candled before lockdown and a few were moving.

My incubator is old and temperamental so have had issues with temp spikes but since moving it inside yesterday I have been able to keep it between 37.5-37.8 and humidity is at 68% does this seem right?

I have to turn my younger batch again soon and will try to snap a few pictures of my suspected pips if I'm quick enough. I worry about the humidity dropping too much.

Any help will be much appreciated!!
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If you candled before and saw movement, now, the hatching period, is not the best time to interrupt or take them out of the incubator. Since you dont want the membrane hardening and making it harder for chicks to break out. 

Yes those are chicks pips. Let them do there thing over 2-3 days then you can check on the slow ones. Good luck. 

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