I am so so so sorry. I feel responsible because I suggested that keeping them in the incubator would be safer than taking them out. I wonder what happened? I have left mine in the incubator for 24 or more hours on occasion and they've been fine. And then I felt awful because last night three quail died in the brooder when I maybe should have left them in the incubator...
I can't imagine what it was, unless the humidity really did do them some harm. You must feel so sad, and I'm so sorry for your loss. It is true that sometimes nature is brutal and you shouldn't beat yourself up too much over it. It's certainly not *your* fault--you were trying to do what was best for them.
I hope the rest of them make it through.
Oh, heavens, it's not your fault!! I think it was the excessive humidity -- and so far only one has died. It had a large head when it was born, so I think it might not have made it anyway. The other 6 are drying out in the brooder. They are pretty much laying out flat, but will get up a move a few inches when stimulated. Is that fairly normal for day-old chicks? I could see that they'd be exhausted. But, I've seen a video clip of day-old chicks at the hatchery that are being packed for shipping, and they're pretty healthy looking and very active. Maybe mine just need to recover from me trying to drown them in the incubator...?