Hatching Quail - how long from Pip to Zip? *first pic added*

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jocasta, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Jocasta

    Jocasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The lady I got the eggs from said that quail are like popcorn - you see that first pip and then hay presto, you've got an incubator full of quail. I got my first pip (well, I first noticed it) this morning. 14hrs later and nada. I'm guessing the lady I got them from was full of the brown smelly stuff and quail are just like everything else, they can take an agonising 24-30hrs from pip to zip?
     
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  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    24 hours is reasonable. Anything over about 36 and I'd start to worry about problems like possible shrink wrapping.
     
  3. Jocasta

    Jocasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. If there's nothing by morning, I'll reassess. I be there will be though [​IMG]
     
  4. Grey and green feathers

    Grey and green feathers Out Of The Brooder

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    i had everything with my little coturnix... i had one that i literally watched take 8 minutes to pip and be out (i was floored. that was fast) and then i had one that sat in so long, it died [​IMG] [​IMG] wish i coulda helped it, but thats natures way. i also had another that started to die on me but i wasnt gonna do that again, so i helped it a little bit (i know, shame on me...) and its become an adorable little tux.
     
  5. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when my quail hatched, it was pip to zip in less than 2 hours! but those were button quail, the smallest quail.
     
  6. Jocasta

    Jocasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I've just come down to 12 little fuzzies and lots of little guys zipping! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Jocasta

    Jocasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]
     
  8. Alexander

    Alexander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are you going to do with all that quail?
     
  9. Jocasta

    Jocasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]

    We're planning on fattening them up for the table although I hope to keep seven hens and a roo for breeding.
     

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