Coturnix: How long from pip to hatch?

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

  1. Shellepup

    Shellepup Out Of The Brooder

    May 14, 2010
    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.
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  2. neb

    neb Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2010
    South Africa
    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

    Jan 24, 2010
    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

    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

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    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]
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  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    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]
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  6. Shellepup

    Shellepup Out Of The Brooder

    May 14, 2010
    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!
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  7. wpalmisano

    wpalmisano Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2010
    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.
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  8. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    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

    May 14, 2010
    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

    Sep 22, 2009
    Iron Ridge WI
    that has to be so cool to watch. Good luck!

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