A few questions as I approach my hatch

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  1. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today we're going into lockdown! WOOT! I've got the humidity at 64%...do quail need it higher?

    Also, my first brooder is a 20 gallon tank...2' by 1'. I've got 17 dark eggs out of 22. YAY. I wonder how many will hatch? How long can I keep how many chicks in that size a space? I also have a metal rabbit cage that I can hook the heatlamp to. It's 3' by 3'. I figured that for the first few days, at any rate, the tank would hold heat better for the babies.

    I have one really small egg at just over 1" long and one really big egg at just under 2" long. I hope they both hatch! LOL! Here's a pic of them...both sitting just above the white egg with the large one to the left.

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    Thanks for all the help!
    Emily
     
  2. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, is it Shelley or Saddina who recommend lowering the temp by 1 degree? Do you do this for all of lockdown or just the last day?
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:That would be me, I do it for the whole lockdown, and it really does seem to help. I would try to get the humidity higher if you can, try adding some wet paper towels to the bator to increase it.

    ETA: The chicks grow very fast, they will double in size weekly their first 3-4 weeks. So the tank would probably work the first week. But the good thing is they also feather out pretty fast, so they won't need to be quite as enclosed either.
     
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  4. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Higher, like 70%? What are your minimums and maximums, Shelley?
    Thanks for the reply!
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I keep it at 50% during incubation (no lower than 45%), then at least 65% for the hatch, though it is usually in the 70's (sometimes 80's [​IMG]).
     
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  6. Swamp Roo

    Swamp Roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got my humidity at 80%+/- right now for a hatch. I use a 10 gal aquarium as a 1st brooder with two layers of paper towel on the bottom. I put about a dozen-18 chicks per 10 gal. When the paper towel can't handle the moisture for 24 hrs, I move them to a 2' x 3' wire front brooder with pine shavings out in the hen house. The paper towel is nice, because I can put ground quail starter (elc. coffee grinder) right on it and see if/how much they eat. Also a 10 gal aquarium is about two sheets long and one wide!
     
  7. ecogen

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    Swamp Roo, do you think a 55 gallon tank (about 13"W by 48"L) can hold 20-25 chicks for 4 wks - 5 wks? I am about to set a hath tonight and I was very graciously given over double the amount of eggs I ordered. I asked for 20 and got 55! I have to figure out how many I can brood in the tank so I can put the right number in the bator tonight. I am assuming a 60% hatch as this is my first time. Thanks and wish me luck.
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:First off, they won't need to be in a brooder that long, they can go outside (as long as it isn't super cold) as early as 3 weeks. Since this is your first hatch, you should go ahead and set all the eggs. My first quail hatch, I set 18 eggs. Only 2 hatched. I didn't know what I was doing. You can always sell any extra chicks [​IMG]
     
  9. ecogen

    ecogen Out Of The Brooder

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    If I take them out of the brooder at 3wks to the outside coop, should I keep a light on them during the night. I am new to TN, but I assume the weather here is mild.
     

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