Incubating coturnix quail eggs *UPDATE 1*

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JoshuaBurke, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. JoshuaBurke

    JoshuaBurke Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2014
    Hello and welcome to my thread.

    I have a couple of questions since I'm new to incubating eggs.

    I'm on the 10th day on incubating Coturnix quail eggs (10/3/16). When I candle them I can see the chick fully moving. It's getting harder to see day by day. The egg is almost completely dark. The air cell looks like it's on the side of the egg but the chick is still moving.

    Question 1: How many days does it take for Coturnix Quail eggs to hatch? I heard some people say between 16-18 days.
    Question 2: Do you suggest me to do a water float test? I heard people say it's best to do a float test on day 12.
    Question 3: Since the air cell is on side of the egg will the baby quail be okay if he is still moving in the egg?
    Question 4: How to tell if your egg is shrink wrapped? Last time I had to help a baby quail come out of its egg. 100% healthy.
    Question 5: How many days should I let the quail sit in the egg after due hatch date before the quail dies in the egg?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. clawstar

    clawstar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2014
    Lake Stevens, WA
    1. 16 to 18 days is correct, but I have had them hatch as late as 20 days, it really depends on the heat
    2. I don't float my eggs, and have never had a quail egg explode, but I throw out any eggs that I'm 100% sure are un-fertile
    3. What do you mean on the side of the egg? were the eggs shipped or stored on its side for a long period of time?
    4. I honestly don't know, have you searched it under the hatching pages?
    5. Like I said I had one hatch on the 20th day, but I do believe it was 48 hours after the pip? possibly 72?

    good luck

    Under the quail section a good thread is 'All Who Are Hatching Quail' It has a good number of followers and I asked for help on it in the past.

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