I always use the dry method. It just works better for me personally. I add a little water right before lockdown, but that's it.
About the quail: I have them hatching right now! Just watched my first one in this batch come out! And I have TONS of pips all around. I will let yall know how many I end up with out of 34 eggs. Also, these eggs are from my own quail, not shipped. And this is the biggest quail batch I have done so far so I am still experimenting with them. The next batch will be the full 120 that my quail racks will hold.
About monitoring the air cell: I candle a few random eggs a couple of times during the incubation to look at the air cell and veins, but I have found that if I open the bator too much during the incubation it seems to decrease my hatch rate. Also, I did mention that this method works well for me personally, but it may not be for everyone. I haven't ever weighed my eggs because I really don't like to disturb them.
So, You are saying that you are having lots of luck dry-incubating your QUAIL eggs?
Like I said, I am still experimenting with my quail, this is the biggest batch I have tried. I have had 14 hatch so far and they are still trying to hatch, I think. One thing I would have changed about this hatch is that I would have hatched them in cartons. At the time of lockdown, I didn't even think about it. Then I saw the hatching chicks kicking around the pipping eggs like footballs, and they actually were able to disturb one that was half-zipped so much it died. I took it out of it's shell and it had absorbed its yolk, and the membrane wasn't stuck to it, so that's the only thing I can figure. I don't know why I didn't use cartons...I always use them with my chicken eggs. Anyway, 14 out and doing great and maybe a couple of more pips. I think I will take a look at the insides of the remaining eggs after I shut down the bator to clean it. Just to see how far most of them developed.
I'm going to be tryin to hatch my first eggs this coming week sometime and I'm very nervous about it. I really don't want anything to go wrong. Hatching eggs seems soooooo complicated. But dry incubation sounds so easy.
So lets see if I've got this right:
1. Put eggs in incubator
2. Turn it on to (?) temp
3. Leave it alone
4. Day 18 add a little water
5. Day 21=chicks
turn the incubator on for several days first, to make sure the temp is set correctly, so to avoid temp fluctuations during incubation, then put the eggs in.
and what temp is used with dry incubation?
If you don't have an automatic turner will this still work well?
Good questions KDailey, I too would like to know!
I'm tryin to decide on an incubator and need to know asap about how it will affect the dry incubation process if I'm opening/closing it all the time to turn.
This is very interesting,I have my second batch in my hova bator(40 eggs),my first hatch was in a borrowed one and no egg turner,only got four out of 28 eggs hatch.I am done hatching for the year now when I start again in the spring I am going to try the dry hatch,sounds so much easier.
Do you use a fan for circulation? do you use a different kind of light?
I read something about a wet Bulb, not sure what that is.
I have never used a dry incubator but you guys have got me curious now.
Can you use any kind of incubator? I have two homemade ones, I have a computer fan in them, a 40 watt regular light, and I add a bowl of water with a sponge, also a thermastat to regulate the control of the light/heat... Come lockdown I have to add two sometimes three bowls.
I am hatching chicken eggs, is there anything different from what I use now from what you are discribing for a dry incubator.
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!!!!