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My quail are hatching!

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Happy Mother's Day, we've got babies!

I'm super excited, this was my first time incubating eggs and so far I have 7 hatched out of 24 and some others that are getting ready to come out. They're Coturnix, and one of the ones that just hatched is yellow?! Is that normal? smile.png

But, my real question is, how long can they stay in the incubator before I move them to the brooder? They've hatched mostly within the past two hours I think, and I have to leave the house soon and won't be back until probably 11:30/12:00pm because of work. Do I need to get someone to move them for me before that time? If it's until 12:09, that would be approximately 14 hours in the bator.

Also some of the "older" ones are pecking around at the new babies who just want to rest after hatching. Do I have to intervene or just leave them be?

Thank you!!
post #2 of 3
Wait till they are dry. Up to 24 hrs won't hurt. They will be ok they are probably just enjoying the taste of the leftover yoke. Mine does that to. You will notice they trample over everything Congrats & enjoy. Happy Mother's Day.
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Just make sure your broader if ready (heated up) and have some water with some crushed feed for them.
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