Hatch Problem - Temp too high?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by insin, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. insin

    insin New Egg

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    Hello all,
    This is my first post. I am at the end of my hatch, day 19. I received a few dozen coturnix quail eggs from a well reviewed source on eBay. I had the eggs in a Hova Bator Genesis model 1588. Since this incubator has a built in thermometer and hygrometer, I disregarded the advise to have a second of each in use, and assumed I was good to go. Well it turns out that my temp really was about 2 degrees higher then I was aware of. Instead of running the incubation at 100 deg F, it was actually running at 102 or so, perhaps slightly higher for the first 17 days. I have since turned the temp- down and temps are right around 100.1 deg F.

    Well on day 17, I had 7 hatch. They seem fine and are in the brooder doing great. Last night I started getting worried and helped an 8th out of its shell, and he is doing ok along with the others.

    I have quite a few more eggs that are still in the incubator. Not piped. Not moving. Just looking the same as the first day they went in. My curiosity got the best of me, and tonight I checked on one, opening it up to see if was fertile to begin with, and there was a baby embryo inside, quite developed, but with a small portion of the egg sac still, dead I assume or maybe on its way to hatching soon, I don't know. I will hold my curiosity at bay for the time being.

    My question is: being at day 19 now, would it be safe to assume that the high temp was the downfall of my hatch? Should I wait it out another day or so to see if anymore hatch or should I throw the towel in?
     
  2. Mulberry

    Mulberry Out Of The Brooder

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    Noon! Leave the eggs alone. Give them time let them develop In they own time..... Early hatching due to high humidity.
    Chiks needs to be put in the brooder with food and water.
    Hope all be hatching soon. Temperatua should be 37.5 it's more acuret than Fahrenheit. Humidity 45-55 %
     
  3. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    No. Coturnix hatch between day 17 and 19 and can take all the way to day 22-23 if there was a problem with temp or humidity.

    High humidity does not cause early hatches as the previous poster suggested. During incubation as long as humidity is below 65% and 70% or less at lockdown you won't have any issues that are related to humidity. If humidity is allowed to get to high the embryo's can drown in the egg. This usually happens above 75% humidity.

    High temps can cause early hatches but in the coturnix world 101/102 are no critical temps so don't worry about that. YOu can't even be sure that embryo reached those temps or if only the thermometer did.

    Let the eggs sit another day or two and see what happens.
     
  4. insin

    insin New Egg

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    Thank you for the replies. Ok. Well today is day 20. I am somewhat relieved to hear that this can extend into days 22-23. With this Saturday morning being day 23, I guess I will wait to throw in the towel Sunday afternoon, just to be sure.

    On the bright side, I went to check on the incubator this morning and hear more peeping coming from the unhatched eggs. More chicks on the way. I am glad that I asked and didn't give up.
     
  5. insin

    insin New Egg

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    Its frustrating that no additional hatches have occurred. Tomorrow (friday) AM will mark the start of day 22 Quite fustrating. I guess that early higher temp 102 deg F really played a role in decreasing my hatch rate. I will give it another 2 days till Sunday morning, which would be the start of day 24.

    Is it work going beyond day 24?
     

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