Humidity for hatching buttons question

Discussion in 'Quail' started by pbjmaker, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I got button quail eggs in the August mystery swap and two of the 4 look to be developing.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for keeping the humidity up? I was reading that they dry out super easily and then won't hatch. My incubator (hovabator) is in the basement where the temp is really steady. Unfortunately it is dry down there and the humidity keeps dropping to 25%. It was at 57% this morning but is now back to 25%. It is either too high or too low. I have a sponge in there cut into about 6 pieces and I put just a smidgen of water below. The original tray got destroyed by an exploding egg. The sponges are completely dried out within a few hours.

    Any different suggestions? I think putting water below is part of the too high problem because it becomes a large surface area. These two eggs are due for lockdown on Thursday.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2011
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    If you can keep the humidity to 60% that will be adequate. I usually put in sponges and maxi pads to up the humidity a bit. Any one else has any suggestions?
  3. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Shellyd2008 has just got me so excited about these little birds. I love the sounds they make! They must hatch!
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2011
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    They are neat little birds [​IMG]

    I'll go with what quaillady says, it's been about 6 months since I hatched any buttons so I'm a bit rusty [​IMG]
  5. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    Good luck Stephanie!! [​IMG] If you don't have a good hatch rate, PM me and I bet I can ship ya somemore. [​IMG]

    ~ Aspen

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