Calling all quail hatchers.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by yotetrapper, May 11, 2009.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so ok, DH just read on some quail hatching site that the humidity should be 80% for the first 20 days?? 90% for the hatch?? Is this true?? I thought they were 50% just like chickens, no??
     
  2. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
  3. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2007
    Central Florida
    I have had good luck hatching quail at 50% during incubation and 65% - 70% at hatching.

    I had the same problem trying to research pheasant incubation/hatching. Everywhere I looked there was different instructions, I may try hatching some pheasants under my broody silkie hens.

    Lisa
     
  4. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    section you need:

    Incubation of eggs
    *Incubation period is 16-17 days but can go as long as 18 days (almost all of mine hatched at 18 days...so i plan my hatches around 18 days just to be safe)
    *Turn eggs atleast 3 times a day
    *Stop turning atleast 4 days before eggs are due to hatch
    *Every quail breeder has their own humidity and temp preferences....I keep the temps in between 99.5F and 101F...however I try to keep it at 99.5 Fas much as I can. Humidity I keep in the 40s until the last four days of incubation where i up it to 60%

    It's best to have a towel or a kitchen mat or something similar that the eggs can lay on in the incubator so that when the chicks hatch they dont get their legs stuck in the tiny wire....as their feet are so tiny they will fall through.

    Brooder
    Tupperware containers, and even aquariums make great brooders

    It's ideal to put a soft top on the top of the brooders as spooked chicks will shoot straight up and can injure their heads (deaths have even been reported). I use 1/2" craft foam..and i super glue it or tape it to the top of each brooder works great! Kitchen mats also work great. A blanket or towel could work as well.

    Just like with chicken chicks...make sure you have bedding, some use paper towels for the first few days to avoid splay leg...i start out with aspen or pine bedding thickly placed on the bottom of the brooder, the chicks walk on it fine as long as it's thick (atleast an inch thick).
     
  5. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ohhhh no! I guess I needed to do more research! I have quail eggs in the bator on day 7 today, and first site I googled said incubation of 23 days, now ya'll are saying 16-18? Thats a HUGE difference!! which is it?? They're in a bator thats been riding in the mid 50's humidty wise.... when do I take em out of the turner???? They're bobwhite if it makes any difference?
     
  6. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm more confused than ever! I see stuff online ranging from incubation from 18 days, to 24 days. How do I know when my quail will hatch?
     
  7. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    Well I have hatched button quail and Coturnix quail. So this is the plain truth from someone who has done this.
    Buttons hatch in 16 days.
    Couturnix hatch at day 18.

    chicken eggs hatch at 21 days.

    here is a link to hatching times. http://www.gamebird.com/hatching.html


    Good
    luck!


    Trust Sadina, the link from Monarch is the best. monarch does this all the time and has great luck!!!
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2009
  8. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    According to that gamebird link you posted, bobwhites do hatch at 23 days.
     
  9. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    MI
    Quote:Bobwhites do make a difference. 23 days and higher humidity [​IMG] Most of us here mainly raise Jap's
     
  10. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    Sorry, I did miss the Bobwhite part. At least the link squared you away i hope! [​IMG]
     

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