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Incubating coturnix eggs question?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by perrym1962, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    Eastview, Ky..
    My coturnix have started laying the last 3 to 4 days. How long should I wait to start incubating them? I'm a newbie of course. Thanks, Perry.[​IMG]

  2. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    Whenever you're ready (this assumes you've a male with them and that maiting is going on).
  3. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    Eastview, Ky..
    Yes I have 1 male and 3 females in one cage, and 1 male and 4 females in another cage. I love to hear them "crow". And they are so docile.
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Personally I'd wait a week or two to make sure the girls are fully mature. I don't know for sure about quail, but with ducks the first eggs are often imperfect, frequently infertile, and if incubated tend to have a higher rate of small or weak babies hatch out. Perhaps quail are different, but it would be worth a week's wait to me not to have to find out the hard way. Quail mature fast, so an extra week should be plenty of time.

    Good luck! (Oh yes, and make sure they have a mature roo in with them, of course, lol!)
  5. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    Eastview, Ky..
    Yeah I may wait a bit. They are pretty eggs. I may just eat them for while. Thanks for the replies!
  6. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    I don't incubate the first egg but the others I do. Quail are pretty good.
  7. Chinchilla2

    Chinchilla2 Songster

    Jun 9, 2011
    Red Rock
    When I was raising cortunix, the first week's worth of eggs from any hen was destined for the pickled quail egg jar. Even if I saw the roo doing his thing, my thinking was that he was just getting primed up and it was better to wait a bit than start the "OHH Goody!!! Crank up the 'bator!" dance. This gave the girls time to settle in a bit with the egg laying process and him to get his first initial "I think I'm doing it right" jitters out of the way.

    That and it did give me a chance to try my quail egg recipe [​IMG]

  8. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    Quote:i pickle mine.....so tasty
  9. chrishel

    chrishel Songster

    Jun 28, 2011
    The Windy City
    I'm in the same situation. My girls just started laying. It took them a good week for the eggs to get to "full" size, so I'm eating them until next week when I start collecting for the Hatch-a-Long!

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