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Help!! all you experienced quial hatchers!! (cortunix eggs)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shelleyd2008, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I have never hatched quail before. I just got some off eBay, and I want to know if I am doing it right before I mess up. This will be the first time I have bought any eggs for incubating, so any help is appreciated. These are the Texas A&M white cortunix. I have A LOT of questions...
    1.how do you incubate quail?
    2.Can I put them in the same bator as my chicken eggs (not in the turner)?
    3. how long do they take to incubate?
    4. What do they eat? I have unmedicated chick start for my chickens, and flock raiser for my ducks, are either of these ok?

    I think that is it for now...I'm sure i'll be asking more questions later!
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2008
  2. whitecra

    whitecra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Oklahoma
    The incubat at the same temp as chicken eggs. It takes 17 days for them to hatch. I guess you could put them in with chicken eggs just wait4 days after you put the chicken eggs in to put in the quail. They are very tiny. I just had my first ones hatch on Wen and Thur. Good luck.
    Chris
     
  3. Bandana

    Bandana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:The larger babies won't hurt the smaller ones as they are all hatching and running about?
     
  4. whitecra

    whitecra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Oklahoma
    Quote:The larger babies won't hurt the smaller ones as they are all hatching and running about?

    I don't know. That is the reason I said I guess.
    Chris
     
  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Quote:1. Same as chicken eggs
    2. Not sure; never done it but the quail are much more active as soon as they hatch as opposed to the chickens. I guess I wouldn't be as concerned about the chickens hurting the quail as long as you get the quail out before the chickens start fluffing and moving.
    3. Stop turning on day 14; they hatch on day 16 or 17
    4. I feed mine 24% unmedicated chick starter or high protein gamebird feed - 28% - IF I can find the gamebird feed. Never used flock raiser so I'm not sure what that is.

    Good luck!
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I would not brood quail and chickens together. In my experience, the quail are terrors to baby chickens and will follow them around to peck at their vents (it's a height thing).

    Quail should also be on a gamebird starter, which we grind for the first week or two to ensure they can eat it. Turkey starter works in a pinch.

    Jody
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Thanks everyone, FYI the flock raiser is an all bird food, that has more protein than the chick start that I get...I believe it is 26%, but not sure, will have to check.. I will have them in seperate brooders, the baby chicks will probbly have a hen to go to...so that's not a problem. I also ordered a fan to put in my bator, since I know the different sized eggs in a still air will have different temps. Thanks to all who replied..
     

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