Coturnix Quail Eggs!! (Hatched)

Discussion in 'Quail' started by HoneyNutmeg, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. HoneyNutmeg

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    Any coturnix experts out there? I need your help!
    I have 3 coturnix quail eggs in my incubator and they are on day 19.
    Last night I heard alot of tapping going on yesterday when I turned off the fan to hear them (real noisy fan, can't hear anything over it) and they have broken the air pocket (chirping a bit).
    I've grown close to the eggs, I know how dumb that sounds, but I hate seeing animals dying for no reason [​IMG]
    There has been a drop in temperature during incubation, could this contribute to their slow hatching? If they are going to hatch at all. I know that you shouldn't at all intervene, and I won't. I thought that they were going to hatch 2 days ago, but I read somewhere that quail have a tendency to syncronise their hatching times, so they all hatch together..
    Could this be the case?
    So my question is, if I hear tapping, when will an external pip be seen? I read from 1-3 days, but I'm unsure that is the case in quails.
    Please help, it would be much appreciated!
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012
  2. hi i had the same problem, i had 3 pip the egg but died in the egg , maybe do a water test to see if still alive in there. i did a water test and found that 3 eggs were good the last 20 eggs were no good at all. im only a newbie as well. good luck.
     
  3. HoneyNutmeg

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    Thank you :) They are still tapping, well 2 are, I'll give them till tonight, fingers crossed I get some pips! [​IMG]
     
  4. CuriousQuail

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    Newbie here but I've read assisting can save them in some instances, if they are too tired to keep pushing through/way overdue. For whatever reasons they're not strong enough to push out you could assist them. There's a lady with a youtube video and there's a few threads here about assisting chicks.

    If they're alive and kicking but overdue I would give them a little longer. If the tapping gets weaker... I'd personally want to assist. But that's my choice. You have to make that choice yourself.
     
  5. HoneyNutmeg

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    I don't know whether I want to intervene on one of the eggs, maybe I'll wait a bit longer.
    The tapping hasn't got weaker it's gotten stronger I think, one is definately trying to get through.
     
  6. HoneyNutmeg

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    One of the eggs has a pip and it's wiggling!!! Woo!

    Update: 2 of the eggs are wiggling now, they must of syncronised!
     
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  7. CuriousQuail

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    Ahhh you got me all excited now. I hope they all hatch for you!

    :) Where'd you source the eggs from? I've had poor luck recently. First hatch went bad for some reason. 2nd set of eggs were almost completely infertile - it's terrible. Finally found a local who had some of the type I want and now I'll keep my fingers crossed for those.


    My new incubator has a tendency to change temps too : |

    Beginning to think I should've forked out the money for a hovabator...
     
  8. HoneyNutmeg

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    I was working at an animal nursery for my local show and the owner had her quail in one of the large cages and they were mating 24/7, so I assumed that they were fertile. Obviously they are!
    Sorry to hear about your eggs, I hope you get some good ones!
    I'm planning on saving up for a hovabator, or a incubator that is good quality, instead of my silly homemade one :s
     
  9. HoneyNutmeg

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    2 out of 3 have hatched, and the 3rd one is wiggling I think :) Post pictures soon.
    Got the first hatch on videoo, eeek they're adorable!
     

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