Hatching early on day 14!!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quailbrain, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the middle of the hatch of Coturnix chicks but despite them not being due till tonight they started to hatch on Saturday. They are so early I barely got them out of the turner! This were mailed so I am wondering. Would it have been possible for the embryo to start growning in the warm trucks??? Anyone ever had this happen or thoughts as to why. I have had a good steady temp of 99.5 the whole time.
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    It is possible that they started development before you got them. I've had coturnix hatch anywhere from 15-23 days, so 14 is not all that much early.
     
  3. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm hoping that more of them didn't start and die somewhere in the process. They have been really stinky!
     
  4. dave3877

    dave3877 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my bator runs at 99.5 and is a solid redwood classic. everything i put in it hatches a day or 2 early. i hatch chicks on day 19 usually quail at day 14-15 turkeys at day 25-26. it might have to do with how our bators reatain heat and moisture. i know with mine redwood absorbs andretains both well
     
  5. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My other chicks were on time that were placed the same time so that is why I was worried about starting early development.
     

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