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Discussion in 'Quail' started by kenazzo2000, Feb 22, 2013.
Just received 10 bobwhite quail eggs i bought from uk hope some hatch just have to wait and see
Good luck with your hatch!
thx can you give me any advice ? please
Incubate the eggs at 99.7 degrees, humidity at 55% to 60%. At lock down, day 20, up the humidity by 10%.
Start brooding the babies at 97 or 98 degrees and lower the temp by 5 degrees for each week for 6 weeks. If they start to get aggressive any time during brooding, lower the temp by 3 degrees and work down the temp from there. It is advisable to use an infra red lamp in the brooder to keep them calmer and prevent cannibalism. Infra red also allows for a natural sleep pattern which also keeps them calm.
Use a shallow drinking font, like a chick waterer or put marbles or stones in a large one. You can also use a jelly jar lid with tiny stones in it as well. Baby quail drown easily in water.
Put down paper towels for a few days on the floor of the brooder and sprinkle food all around the floor around the feeder so they can find food. When they figure out where the food is kept, then you can remove the paper towels.
At 6 weeks, they can go outside. They will not be mature for about 6 months, although you will be able to sex them at about 10 to 12 weeks old.
Thx alot that will help alot im waiting to receive 72 jap eggs hope to get new colours
Everywhere I have read, it says you have to move the quail eggs from the incubator before they hatch and move them into a "hatcher". Is this true? If so, can you explain to me exactly what a hatcher is and whether I should buy one or make it instead? Thanks in advance!
A hatcher is basically a unit with the same environment as the incubator...same temp and humidity level that has lots more space for the chicks to hatch. You do not need one if you do not have one. The chicks can hatch perfectly fine in the incubator, as long as the egg turners are covered or removed.
Thank you! Can you please answer some more questions I have here on this thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/748112/coturnix-and-bobwhite-quail
Thanks in advance!
I think you are confusing this info from commercial incubators that are made to hold several hundred eggs. In commercial hatcheries, they have incubators that are as big as dish-washers that turn the eggs automatically. At a certain point, they remove the eggs and put them into a hatcher where the eggs will eventually hatch in several days.
Read this link, it gives a general background on incubating quail eggs.
Just checked eggs out of 10 five are fertile