Brooding!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by rjrinehart, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. rjrinehart

    rjrinehart Out Of The Brooder

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    My quail are 3-4 weeks old. So they will be laying here in a few weeks. We have a still air bator. Stirafoam. Is it going to give us at least 50% of our eggs hatched?
     
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    And would appreciate anything I need to know about hatching. I have an auto turner. But when does the turner need to be done turning. And how high should the temp and humidity be at certain times.
     
  3. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Temp in a still air should be 101 to 102 taken at the top of the eggs.

    Humidity will be very subjective. I prefer humidity to be 25 to 35 during incubation. Then raise to 75 plus at lockdown.

    I stop turning the eggs at day 14 or 15 and raise humidity for hatch.

    Your hatch rate is never guaranteed I've had great hatches and horrible hatches. Tons of factors. Hot and cold spots in the incubators. Some lacking male participation. Nutrition. Stress on the birds.

    But yes in all likely hood you should achieve 50 percent hatch rates.

    Cots are pretty easy eggs to incubate.
     
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    Yes I've gots cots so we should be good there. What I exactly is lockdown?
     
  5. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lockdown is when you stop turning eggs and raise humidity for hatch.
     

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