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Coturnix Eggs - First Hatch!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MrsKitty, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. MrsKitty

    MrsKitty New Egg

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    On the 30th I set 60 Coturnix eggs in my homemade incubator. I had only actually purchased 48 but the lady gave me an extra dozen! This is my first hatch and I'm, to say in the very least, very nervous. Anyone else out there dealing with a first hatch? Any pros out there with some advice?
    A few questions-
    - When to candle? (I've read mixed reviews)
    - Anyone have good candling pictures for comparison?
    - I was told 16-18 days with 17 being a norm?
    - I know that there is no guaranteed percentage, but what's a pretty normal hatch rate?
    - Any after hatching advice? (If I make it that far?)

    Thanks to all!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2013
  2. MrsKitty

    MrsKitty New Egg

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    I finally gave in and candled a few eggs early this morning- I saw itty bitty heart beats!! I am SO excited!!
    There was one Coturnix egg with a crack in it. I candled it to see if it would be worth saving- saw a heartbeat! I used clear nail polish to *hopefully* seal the hole. We'll see how the little guy does!
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2013
  3. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    good luck! I like to candle on the 7/14/16 and 18 days this is why I say 16 one the 16th day the pointy end should not be clear. I candle to make sure the air cell is the right space.
     

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