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Eggs in the bator for a week, never developed??

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

  1. ssbs

    ssbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After my hens had been laying for a week I started collecting eggs.. I collected them for a week and stuck them in the incubator. I gave them 8 days and candled, no veins. So I cracked them open. Nothing.

    I checked the fertility of the previously laid eggs and out of 8 seven showed bulls eyes. So with 16 eggs that were put in the incubator why would none of them start developing?
     
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    What is your cock to hen ratio? Maybe a cock is not doing his "job"
     
  3. ssbs

    ssbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1:1 [​IMG]
     
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Hmmm, give it some time...
     
  5. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess it just takes a while. I was so excited by my first Coturnix that I threw some in the incubator. Out of about a dozen Coturnix eggs, 4 did hatch, but the rest were infertile and showed no development whatsoever upon "eggtopsy." Most of the eggs were pretty small, too, since the birds were only 5 weeks old when they started laying. The chicks that did hatch were tiny, more like the size of button quail than Coturnix, but are healthy and growing.
     
  6. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Are They Receiving Enough Light? Hens Will Lay (albeit A Much Lesser Rate) Dispite The Low Light, But Roos Will Not Be Fertile Or Mate In Low Light. 14-16/hrs A Day Of Uninterupted Light
     
  7. ssbs

    ssbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. They get day light (almost 12 hours).. And I always keep the christmas lights in their cage plugged up too.. I have noticed that the hens don't like to lay if they went one night without the artificial lights.. So I always keep them on, especially since it had been dark and raining for a week straight (after I collected incubating eggs though).

    Is the bulls eye not a sure fire way on checking the fertility of the eggs>
     
  8. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    If you see the bullseye, the egg was fertile.
     
  9. ssbs

    ssbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. So why would fertile eggs in a incubator on 99.0-99.8 with 56% humidity never start developing? The oldest eggs that I put in were a week old [​IMG]
     
  10. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Eggs have a 7 day viability, after 7 days, the hatchability goes down even if the egg was fertile. It is best to set eggs up to 5 days rather than a week JMO
     

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