My button quail has laid 8 eggs, the first on June 27th and one a day after that. I let her keep them in her cage up until July 3rd, but decided she was not consistently or routinely sitting on them. So I built an incubator out of a cardboard box and placed the eggs on a terry cloth within a smaller shallow box to keep them from rolling anywhere. A small water dish with a little bit of water for humidity. I've managed to keep the temp pretty steady at 101.8 (still air so slightly higher temp or so I've read?). My question is, did I allow the female too much time and now the eggs are dead or if they are alive....what day do I count from to get their actual hatch day!? I turn them every 4 hours, often every 3. Does anyone think they could truly be alive still?
button quails; still alive or goners??
they are normally good for 5-7 days but it all depends on the air temp and how they are stored. I collected 11 eggs in a row from one female and incubated them all and 7 hatched. I thought this was a good number. one of the others had a partially formed chick inside and the others were all just yolk and white...not fertile. so good luck. you will know in 16 days. the first day in the incubator is not counted...when placed it is day zero after first full 24 hours is day 1 etc.