1st time hatch... Are eggs supposed to do this...(Button Quail)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sunny the Hippie Chick, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. Sunny the Hippie Chick

    Sunny the Hippie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Brookings Oregon
    I am on day 13 on my Button Quail eggs... I have them in a home-made incubator.. I keep a constant eye on the temperature.. If it gets to warm I open more air holes.. If it gets to cold I cover up a few..Or cover it with a towel.. I turn he eggs by hand 3-5 times a day.. I have the eggs laying on their sides.. I noticed today that some of the eggs want to tilt.. With the small end down and big end up.. Does this mean the eggs are bad.?. I havent seen them move.. Thought I might have seen movement, cant be sure.. Some sites say I stop turning at the end of today.. Some say on day 14 which is tommarrow... I want babies... Im so confused... Advice needed.. I cant wait till they hatch..[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    *bump*
     
  3. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    Are all the eggs doing this? I know that when the air sac is large and the egg is old, they will tilt this way. Maybe they are close to hatching, thats why the air sac is big.
     
  4. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Gosh. I have no idea, but I'm hoping to bump it up so someone with more experience can answer you.
     
  5. Sunny the Hippie Chick

    Sunny the Hippie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Brookings Oregon
    When I was looking earlier it seemed that about 50% of them were tilting like this... Then I just looked again.. And more seem to be tilting with the smaller end down, about 75%. The last time I turned them.. I had one egg want to roll back to the way it was. I have never missed turning them.. SO I dont think a chick could be stuck to the side?? But I still dont seem to see any movement... Or I miss it.. I wonder if tilting like this is because the feet and butt is in the smaller end.. Making it heavier.. Cant think of any thing else...?? Im worse than a mother hen... Always looking at the eggs.. Im already addicted and I havent gotten any babies yet.. [​IMG]
     
  6. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    Have you candled the eggs?
     
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    You can stop turning at 14 day(button quail). Air cell gets larger before they hatch.

    The opening and closing of the vent holes is how you should control the humidity.

    Temp. should be control with the Thermostat.

    What is you Humidity??
     
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  8. Sunny the Hippie Chick

    Sunny the Hippie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Brookings Oregon
    No I havent candled them.. I dont really know how.. I tried.. But could just see a brown egg.. I know this may make some people mad on here.. But I did crack 2 open about 4 days back.. One was fertile and one wasnt.. [​IMG] When I tried to candle the eggs I tried to use the light in the incubator.. My flashlight stopped working... If all goes well they should hatch in 3 or 4 days.. [​IMG]
     
  9. Sunny the Hippie Chick

    Sunny the Hippie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Brookings Oregon
    I dont have a thermastat in it.. Just 3 night lights for heat.. I dont know how to wire it to the lights.. I also dont know what the humidity is either..(I do have water in there) Just the temperature.. Thats all I know.. If it gets way to hot.. I just turn one of the night lights off.. They each have a on an off switch.. My hubby wont help me with the thermastat, and I cant afford to buy a incubator.. This one is made out of a styrofoam cooler... It has a window/door on the side.
     
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  10. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Tulsa
    warez*sunny :

    I dont have a thermastat in it.. Just 3 night lights for heat.. I dont know how to wire it to the lights.. I also dont know what the humidity is either..(I do have water in there) Just the temperature.. Thats all I know.. If it gets way to hot.. I just turn one of the night lights off.. They each have a on an off switch.. My hubby wont help me with the thermastat, and I can afford to buy a incubator.. This one is made out of a styrofoam cooler... It has a window/door on the side.

    You might try spending $10 on a good book from Amazon, and reading the *stickys* at the top of this thread.

    Google can also give you a very good basic knowledge of incubating.

    With all the variables built into the way you are doing it now, it's kinda hard to know either if you are going wrong, or how.

    Hope this helps​
     

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