HUMUNGOUS Incubator malfunction

Whitehouse Quail

10 Years
Jul 1, 2009
Okay, so early this morning I checked the brooder with all of it's quail. They were in the same incubator as the 36 chicken eggs. They hatched on the right date. NOW, when I checked the incubator, I saw nothing out of the ordinary, and was going to remove the eggs to the floor after I got home later in the day.

SO, on a whim, I went down with 10 minutes to go before I had to leave in the morning. And, lo and behold, there was a baby chicken!!! It hatched a whole whopping three days early, and it was a large breed; (Buff orp)

I had a mini stroke, then quickly removed all eggs to egg cartons because I figured they were in position to hatch already, and if I put them on the floor they might be screwed up.

After worrying that the poor lone Buff Orp in the brooder was alive, and the chicks were okay in the cartons, I came to home to find a silkie and another buff orp hatched, with at least 5 more pips on silkies, buff orps, and white crested polish.

Holy cow!!! What happened? The quail cooperated; not so much with the chickens.

How did this happen?

(Oh, and they are doing great!)


Rest in Peace 1956-2011
11 Years
Aug 25, 2008
at the mini-stroke, I would have too!

Best bet is that your count was off. Higher than usual temps is a possibility, but 3 DAYS early? I don't think so......

Congratulations on the hatch anyway!

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