dry hatching quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by simplyscrambled, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. simplyscrambled

    simplyscrambled Songster

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    I have 58% humidity here...which seems unusual for the 'dry' California central valley. I have quail eggs ready to go in, and I'm thinking I might try a 'dry' hatch, especially with these readings! I've been reading, at least with some breeders of Marans, that they've had more success with dry hatches.

    What think you? [​IMG]
     
  2. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

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    as long as the humidity in the 'bator is 58% I'd say you are all set!!!!!!
     
  3. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    We're having funky weather here too, If the humidity drops, be ready to pop it back up.
     
  4. simplyscrambled

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    Cool, that's what I'll do! Hopefully I'll have better luck with quail then I did on my shipped chicken eggs!
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    If the humidity is that high, you shouldn't have any problems.

    Now a 'true' dry hatch is not good for quail, at least in my opinion. I tried that once, with the humidity around 30% for incubation, and up to 50%+ for hatch, just like I was doing with my chickens. I had 3 total quail hatch out of 38 eggs. I'll never do that again!! Just be sure to keep the humidity inside the bator at least 45%, you should be okay.
     
  6. simplyscrambled

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    I turned it on (a Genesis 1588) and it dropped to 3o-something! So I added water. And it's holding steady at 50%. Is that okay or too high? I had such bad luck with the last batch of chicken eggs (7/43, mostly shipped eggs) that I REALLY REALLY want a good hatch with my first quail!
     
  7. farrier!

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    When did you start yours?
     
  8. simplyscrambled

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    I started them yesterday. [​IMG] That would make them due the very end of the month or July 1st.
     
  9. austin12895

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    HA! I have quail hatching around the same day!! [​IMG] lol Im keeping my humidity around 50 percent for the incubation period and will jack it up during hatching period! lol GOOD LUCK!
     
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    50% during incubation is good for quail, I don't let mine drop below 45%. Isn't that weird how the room humidity can be high, but the bator humidity can be low? I think our humidity is at least 50% most all the time, but the incubators would be around 25-30 if I didn't have water in them.
     

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