Coturnix: How long from pip to hatch?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Shellepup, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Shellepup

    Shellepup Out Of The Brooder

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    I know it can vary by quite a bit, but how long does it usually take from the first pip til Coturnix hatch out? I've read that they will all pip then suddenly hatch together... I have 60 Coturnix eggs in the incubator right now and at least 25 have pipped but none has hatched yet. The first one pipped around 7:00 this morning and it is now 2:30. Everytime I look (I'm being good & not opening the lid!) I find another pip. Being patient is HARD.
     
  2. neb

    neb Out Of The Brooder

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    With my recent hatch I had some that pipped and hatched like popcorn, other took about half a day or even one day to hatch.
    Just make sure you humidity is right or they will have a hard time getting out after pipping.
     
  3. jack & mommy's duckies

    jack & mommy's duckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rule of thumb to have them not hatch is get your days mixed up and not have a brooder set up and when you get home from work there will be tons of little peepers screaming at you.......lol

    I find they take about 12-14 hours from first pip till the popping of all the little babies.
     
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Yes, 12-14 hours is sufficient timing for babies...I get my days messed up at times but I always have two extra brooders open just in case [​IMG]
     
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I've had between 12-24 hours between pip and pop. I try to wait until all are hatched before removing them, but when you're doing a couple hundred at a time it's hard! LOL! Just be patient and listen for the peeps. [​IMG]
     
  6. Shellepup

    Shellepup Out Of The Brooder

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    The first one hatched about 12 hours after I first noticed the pip. Nobody else is out yet but over half are pipped. Thanks for the input!
     
  7. wpalmisano

    wpalmisano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just in case you are new, remember that the vasculature of the quail is still attatched to the egg wall, even after pipping. Don't rush it. I did that many years ago and it was a disaster.
     
  8. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I/m sure you'll wake in the morning to many screaming little fluff balls. Wanting water and food. ee ee..[​IMG]
     
  9. Shellepup

    Shellepup Out Of The Brooder

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    38 as of this morning and they're still popping open! They seem to be hatching in waves. 5 or 6 will hatch at the same time, then nothing for a while, then another bunch will hatch together.
     
  10. beckyschicks

    beckyschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that has to be so cool to watch. Good luck!
     

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