Coturnix hatched on day 16

Discussion in 'Quail' started by 1000yearoldeggs, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. 1000yearoldeggs

    1000yearoldeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wasn't expecting any to hatch until tomorrow or Wednesday, but I got one at 3 am this morning, chirping like mad. I didn't even have my brooder set up yet! What I'm wondering is why she(hoping it's a girl) hatched so early. I didn't notice much of a temperature spike or anything, though there could be warmer spots since I'm using a homemade still air incubator.

    She's really healthy, no cross beak and eating already. Any thoughts?
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Admittedly its been awhile since I did Coturnix but as I remember it, day 16 is "full term"….
     
  3. jen85

    jen85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always have one that hatches a good half day to a day earlier than everyone else. I doubt it was from a temp spike since its day 16. I'm about to set 200 eggs this week. Not sure what I was thinking... Lol.
     
  4. sniper338

    sniper338 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your thermostate is probably off a degree or two and its warmer than you think in the bator... that makes them hatch quicker. Just my guess...
     
  5. 1000yearoldeggs

    1000yearoldeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'm glad to know other people have them hatch this early. I had another quail hatch yesterday, so that's only two out of the seven I set. I don't know why the other ones are a little late. It's day 18 today, hopefully the others hatch soon.
     

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