Coturnix Hatchling

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Deltoria, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. Deltoria

    Deltoria Hatching

    Sep 14, 2014
    So, one of my 12 eggs hatched overnight (day 16) and once the little guy was fluffy I put him into the brooder. There are still more in the bator and a few with pips but this little one seems so distressed. I put a stuffed animal in for him to snuggle under since I didn't have a feather duster. He doesn't seem interested in eating or drinking either. Just sits and cries. Will he be ok, or am I just being a nervous newbie?

  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Your chick is crying because it is by itself. They are fine to stay in the icubator for three days after hatching. They live of the yolk sac they absorb during hatching that's why its not interested in food and water. While it is in the incubator it can hear the other eggs peeping at it and the one that has hatched will encourage the others to start hatching too. They do peep a lot after hatching any way.
    Opening your incubator before hatch is complete is not a good idea, I have a rule after lockdown DO NOT OPEN the incubator untill hatch is complete. Opening the incubator causes the humidity to drop wich could cause unhatched or pipped eggs to become shrink wrapped in the shell and they won't be able to hatch.
    I would leave him in the brooder for now and wait untill your hatch is complete before moving any more into it. Wishing you the very best of luck with the rest of your hatch.
  3. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Songster

    Oct 10, 2012
    If you have a small mirror, I'd suggest putting that in the brooder as well so he can see his own reflection and presume that he has company for the time being. I had a lone chick who would lie down next to the mirror, it was really sweet, but thankfully her brother hatched a day or two after.
    Since the little guy has no one else to learn from at the moment, you might need to show him how to eat and drink just in case, although like Yorkshire said, he has enough energy from the absorbed yolk to last three days without food and water. Just peck at the food and water with your finger. He'll be able to teach any new arrivals about how to eat and drink as well.

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