I'm brand new to BYC, and brand new to Quails and egg hatching of any kind. So, hi to everyone here :)
I'm from the UK.
I'm actually doing things the hard way, on purpose.
Over the years, we've had a few people appear in our local papers for having hatched Quails from eggs they bought at the local supermarket!
And my neighbour, just happens to be one of them, and after hearing how he did it, i decided to give it a go.
I'm aware it's a long shot, a very, very long shot. But how much fun would it be, to have a little Quail hatch, against all odds, that would otherwise have ended up on a dinner plate!
I work from home, so i have the time to do all the manual turning, and temp/humidity checks and adjustments, so why the hell not. :D
So, i've set up my incubator. Home made with a glass vivarium, heat lamp, water bowl and sponge, polystyrene for extra lining/insulation, temp and humidity gauges, towel for the eggs to sit on, all the basics.
I ran my incubator for 5 days, and reached average temp of 98.5 - 99F. Humidity is at 52%.
I'm aware that 'free range/free to fly' eggs are unlikely fertile, and then how long they have been stored before getting the supermarket, and how they were stored, temps etc and the odds are heavily stacked against me.
But that's what makes this so much fun for me.
My neighbour said it took him roughly 9 -10 months of taking a box of 12 eggs from the supermarket, incubating them, and getting nothing.
Then on his last try, he had one little Quail hatch from the supermarket eggs. And it is the most adorable little bird i've seen!
I'm in love with Quails! He's named it "Lucky" :D and i think that's very fitting. Lucky is now 2 months old, healthy and just adorable.
So, i'm on day 3 :P
I've turned the eggs at least 4 times a day. I turn in odd numbers each day so that when i go to bed i don't leave the eggs on the same side for a length of time each night.
We've had a bit of a cold snap here, so the temp is hovering around 98.7F. But today it's warmed up a bit, and it's now on 99F.
I also read somewhere (it might have been on here) to put a bowl of hot water in the incubator to help heat and humidity levels, and that seems to work really well for me. I refill every time i turn the eggs.
So, most people will probably say i'm crazy for doing it all this way. But, I'm not desperate for a Quail to hatch. I know i may never get one to hatch. But i'm just enjoying the whole experience, and miracles do happen ;)
Has anyone ever tried this and succeeded on here? Would love to hear from you if you have!
And any advice from anyone regarding temps, or just general advice, as this is my very first time doing anything like this, would be great :)
Or if you are just interested to see how this goes, i'll gladly keep posting with updates and you can all watch me fail haha!
So, temps at 98-99F. Humidity at 52%. Turned eggs 4-5 times a day manually.
Stop turning on day 13-14? It's hard to get a precise date, as so many people have posted different days, but this seems about average?
Then raise humidity to around 65%?
Check for pipping around day 18? And if still none by day 21, it's over (this time anyway).
I've also heard that if a chick hatches at 21 days it's not likely to survive, is that right?
Have i missed anything out here?
Anyway, thanks for reading my REALLY long post, and i look forward to becoming a frequent visitor to this site :D
I really am an Optimist ;)