I am is desperate need of quail hatching advice!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Impress, May 31, 2012.

  1. Impress

    Impress Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    So I jumped at the chance to toss some quail eggs in my incubator, the incubator was empty, I had four lonely Pekin Duck Eggs with plenty of room to spare, and what the hey, the guy was selling 4 dozen for $10. Many kinds is all he said.

    So I get them home, put them in the incubator (minus the four that broke when I had to brake hard at a yellow light) and.....wait. These aren't chicken eggs. These are tiny. HOW LONG DO I INCUBATE THESE SUCKERS?

    When should I lock these down? What in the heck kind of quail mixture could this be? Blue spots on some of them? I am so in over my head. Can anyone help me maybe identify some of these eggs or at least give me an inkling of when to lock down?

  2. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Songster

    Jan 13, 2009
    fort ashby, wv
    They are coturnix quail eggs I think it's 18 days for them tohatch, mine took another day or two. They are tiny when they areborn so you need to brood them in a glass enclosure they can get their heads through a 1/2 in by 1/2 in mesh. Also water them from a small lid or a special quail waterer because they drown easily. Good luck
  3. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    I have my hatched on 16 days. The 1st 14 days 40% humidity and the last few days 60% humidity. They are growth very fast. My only 7 days old and more than twice the size and half feather out.
  4. Impress

    Impress Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    Thank you, so sooner than I expected, that is for sure! I'll be sure to post pictures of the lot when they are all hatched out!
  5. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    incubation is usually 16-18 days, mine always came out at 16. Best thing to do is get some marbles and put them in a chick waterer so they won't drown. they eat GBS not chick crumbles, they need the gamebird starter for the higher % protien. lockdown on day 14, pump humidyti to 60-75%.

    other then that they are easy, i would keep them on paper towels for the first week in the brooder, then you can move them onto shavings, no cedar of course.

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