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I just ordered 4 dozen quail eggs and I need to know some info one them. I know that they only take 17 days to hatch, and to stop turning them at 14 days. What about the temp. and humidity?

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post #2 of 26

Incubation of eggs
*Incubation period is 16-17 days but can go as long as 18 days (almost all of mine hatched at 18 days...so i plan my hatches around 18 days just to be safe)
*Turn eggs atleast 3 times a day
*Stop turning atleast 4 days before eggs are due to hatch
*Every quail breeder has their own humidity and temp preferences....I keep the temps in between 99.5F and 101F...however I try to keep it at 99.5 Fas much as I can. (in my new incubator *a cabinet* I now keep it at 100.6 and I still have gorgeous hatches) Humidity I keep in the 40s until the last four days of incubation where i up it to 60%

It's best to have a towel or  a kitchen mat or something similar that the eggs can lay on in the incubator so that when the chicks hatch they dont get their legs stuck in the tiny wire....as their feet are so tiny they will fall through.


Taken from the quail sticky at the top if the forum.

post #3 of 26

Temp and humidity is the same as YOU would incubate chickens. This depends on your area (altitude, RH, etc). If you normally incubate chicken eggs at 100* and 50% humidity, then do quail the same way. The only ones I've found that need it a little different are button quail because they dry out too easily.

They should take 18 days to hatch but can hatch anywhere from 15-21 days. Stop turning day 14 to be safe, though I've had them hatch in the turners with little problems. Coturnix eggs are pretty easy, you could probably set them in a bowl out in your yard and they'd hatch gig

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post #4 of 26

i hatched some last month for the first time and everone hatched, i am hooked now!

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I set 50 yesterday,why? beats me idunno

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I set 50 yesterday,why? beats me idunno


lol, my friend just emailed me that she set 50 one day, then another 90 and was getting another 90, I told her 230 eggs? - you win...

 

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Check out our Jumbo Coturnix "Meat Quail" project on BYC and @ http://www.whitequail.com

 

I feed and stare at Coturnix Giganticus, Wheaten Ameraucanas and NZ/Chinchilla Rabbits

 

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Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth. ~ Buddha

 

Check out our Jumbo Coturnix "Meat Quail" project on BYC and @ http://www.whitequail.com

 

I feed and stare at Coturnix Giganticus, Wheaten Ameraucanas and NZ/Chinchilla Rabbits

 

2012 FWC Game Farm License #406-81335; 2012 A.P.A Member; I do not sell eggs or birds.

 

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post #7 of 26

lol, my friend just emailed me that she set 50 one day, then another 90 and was getting another 90, I told her 230 eggs? - you win...


Yeah, you can never out hatch a hatchahilic. Don't even try!

That's why I shoot for brooder to grow out pen, to breeder pen, etc... Any numb-nut can hatch 230 eggs. The real challenge come later. Brooding, growing out, and keeping them alive anywhere past the magic 8 week thing.


Edited by joe125 - 6/30/11 at 1:31am
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I have just gotten started on my quail.   I incubated 28 pharoah eggs and out of those 18 of those hatched.   It was my first time.   I have 110 going into the incubator tomorrow.   I have alot of quail in my backyard that I raise and get the eggs from.   It is very exciting.

post #9 of 26

thanks for the good information!
 

post #10 of 26
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I just ordered 4 dozen quail eggs and I need to know some info one them. I know that they only take 17 days to hatch, and to stop turning them at 14 days. What about the temp. and humidity?

If you haven't already done so, read this link.  I think of it as the Holy Grail of Quail.  And let us know how things go; post some pics.

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