How to incubate Button Quail Eggs?

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  1. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    My female just layed her 6th egg. So the oldest one is six days old.
    I have a very large home made incubator and I want to incubate these eggs. I know the incubator can go to at least 100 degrees. I know the smaller the egg the higher the temp has to be, so what would it be for buttons? For the humidity do I just put a pan of water in it? I have never tryed to incubate anything in this incubator before so thats why I wonna try it out. Thanks for all your help! [​IMG]
     
  2. warmfuzzyfeeling

    warmfuzzyfeeling Out Of The Brooder

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    Some sources say 102 degrees, others 100 degrees--for still air incubators. I think it is 99 for forced air incubators. I used the Little Giant still air incubator set at 102, keeping the water pan full and successfully hatched 2 out of 8 eggs. They hatched on day 16. But, that was my first experience incubating eggs. I have the current batch set at 100 degrees, so I'm looking forward to comparing results. Be sure to visit the button quail bulletin board if you haven't already:
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    Jennifer
     
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Thanks! I'm going to try to keep them at: 99.5 degrees.
     
  4. Doodle_Doo

    Doodle_Doo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah i hatched 15 buttons last year and i did everything just like
    chicken eggs..same temp humidity just the 14 day turning
    and 17 complete hatch time..though i have seen others use a higher temp..
    and seen buttons hatch at 16 days and stop turning at 13 days..so i guess mine
    hatched one day late due to low temp..i think [​IMG]
     
  5. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    The temp is at 100 right now. I stuck them in there about an hour and a half ago. How offten should I turn them?
     
  6. Doodle_Doo

    Doodle_Doo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    minimum 3 times a day..
    i use to do 4 times but had trouble with the six hour
    intervals.. than the three times a day of eight hours which allow for better sleep [​IMG]
     
  7. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Is the temp right? [​IMG]
    So turn them 3 times a day .. okay ... got it! [​IMG]
    Anything else I should do?
     
  8. Doodle_Doo

    Doodle_Doo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes its good
    still air it should be 102 in forced air 99-100
    and i keep my humidity always high i never let it drop below 65..
    try to get it higher as hatch day approches i use to use only the still
    air but now got one with a fan.. but thats basically it.. [​IMG]
     
  9. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    The incubator I has a fan. I don't know to to turn the temp up or down? This is the first time I have ever used this incubator so I don't really know how to run it. For the humidity I just have a pie pan full of water at the bottom of the incubator. ( It has 3 or 4 levels. )
     
  10. resthavenfarms

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    No one kill me for this but [​IMG] I used to claim that quail eggs (of the button, coturnix, and bobwhite variety at least) could hatch on a hot rock. Much less tempermental than chicken eggs to hatch, IMO. Good luck with them!
     

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