Hatching Coturnix Quail for the first time...Any tips?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Chiko, May 21, 2011.

  1. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    I'm getting my first Quail eggs to hatch and have my incubator set up at 99.5 degrees. Is that right? What else do I need to know? I know about raising quail chicks and as adults, but have never hatched any.
     
  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had better hatches running them a little on the dry side. 35% to 40% RH during incubation, and 50% to 55% during lockdown and hatch. I had fewer late dead in shell chicks this way on later hatches.
     
  3. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what incubator are you using?

    do you have automatic eggturner?

    i also like to incubate on the dry side 35 to 45 % and raise to 65-70 on the las 3 days

    also I like to hatch on egg cartons or the turner racks
     
  4. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    I'm using my Forced air Hova Bator. No turner. OK so a little bit dryer humidity anything else?
     
  5. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have the Brinsea Octagon 20 Advanced EX, with the autoturner and humidity pump unit. With this model, the turner is outside of the unit.

    I did a couple of hatches in cartons, which was fine but it really cut down on the number of eggs I could get in there. This past hatch, I just packed them in like sardines, and even had a partial second layer on top because they wouldn't all fit. Then I put the whole egg tray into a mesh bag that lemons came in, and used some rubber bands to hold it all in place. Worked great, I got 63 quail out of about 100 eggs, some of which were as much as 4 weeks old and had been exposed to temps as cold as 10 degrees F overnight during late March/early April. I thought that was pretty good. No loss on the ones that didn't, if I didn't hatch them I probably would have just fed them to the chickens.
     
  6. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    WOW you really have a lot of smarts when it comes to hatching quail. Theres no way I'm going to get that cool incubator and all those things in 2 days. My eggs arrive on Monday around 3:00 (Utah Time) And It's my first time hatching them. I just wanted to know : Temperature, Xs i need to turn them, do they need lockdown, and yeah thats pretty much it thanks [​IMG]
     
  7. backyardcovey

    backyardcovey Out Of The Brooder

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    Read on a couple of sites that when the eggs arrive via mail - you should let them set in a cool location for 12 - 24 hours. Any thoughts on doing this?
     
  8. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Yes, when you get any egg in the mail, let them settle 12-24 hours...this helps hatchability some. Some people place them in the incubators right off BUT don't turn on the turners until 2 days later so the eggs are cookin just not turning.
     
  9. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    They aren't coming in the mail. They are being brought to my house by a breeder about 20 minutes or so from where I live. Anyone know what temperature I need to test run my incubator for Coturnix Quail? and how many times I need to turn?
     
  10. backyardcovey

    backyardcovey Out Of The Brooder

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