Incubating Coturnix Quail Eggs

Discussion in 'Quail' started by chichick, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. chichick

    chichick Songster

    May 1, 2011
    I just ordered 4 dozen quail eggs and I need to know some info one them. I know that they only take 17 days to hatch, and to stop turning them at 14 days. What about the temp. and humidity?
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  2. khs2424

    khs2424 Chirping

    May 24, 2011
    Incubation of eggs
    *Incubation period is 16-17 days but can go as long as 18 days (almost all of mine hatched at 18 i plan my hatches around 18 days just to be safe)
    *Turn eggs atleast 3 times a day
    *Stop turning atleast 4 days before eggs are due to hatch
    *Every quail breeder has their own humidity and temp preferences....I keep the temps in between 99.5F and 101F...however I try to keep it at 99.5 Fas much as I can. (in my new incubator *a cabinet* I now keep it at 100.6 and I still have gorgeous hatches) Humidity I keep in the 40s until the last four days of incubation where i up it to 60%

    It's best to have a towel or a kitchen mat or something similar that the eggs can lay on in the incubator so that when the chicks hatch they dont get their legs stuck in the tiny their feet are so tiny they will fall through.

    Taken from the quail sticky at the top if the forum.​
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Temp and humidity is the same as YOU would incubate chickens. This depends on your area (altitude, RH, etc). If you normally incubate chicken eggs at 100* and 50% humidity, then do quail the same way. The only ones I've found that need it a little different are button quail because they dry out too easily.

    They should take 18 days to hatch but can hatch anywhere from 15-21 days. Stop turning day 14 to be safe, though I've had them hatch in the turners with little problems. Coturnix eggs are pretty easy, you could probably set them in a bowl out in your yard and they'd hatch [​IMG]
  4. shoopman

    shoopman In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2011
    Liberty kentucky
    i hatched some last month for the first time and everone hatched, i am hooked now!
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  5. mxpres

    mxpres Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    I set 50 yesterday,why? beats me [​IMG]
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  6. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

    Sep 10, 2010
    Quote:lol, my friend just emailed me that she set 50 one day, then another 90 and was getting another 90, I told her 230 eggs? - you win...
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  7. joe125

    joe125 Songster

    Sep 20, 2010
    lol, my friend just emailed me that she set 50 one day, then another 90 and was getting another 90, I told her 230 eggs? - you win...

    Yeah, you can never out hatch a hatchahilic. Don't even try!

    That's why I shoot for brooder to grow out pen, to breeder pen, etc... Any numb-nut can hatch 230 eggs. The real challenge come later. Brooding, growing out, and keeping them alive anywhere past the magic 8 week thing.​
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2011
  8. scottysquails

    scottysquails Chirping

    Jun 30, 2011
    I have just gotten started on my quail. I incubated 28 pharoah eggs and out of those 18 of those hatched. It was my first time. I have 110 going into the incubator tomorrow. I have alot of quail in my backyard that I raise and get the eggs from. It is very exciting.
  9. Shanti Marie

    Shanti Marie In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2013
    thanks for the good information!
  10. James the Bald

    James the Bald Songster

    Jan 6, 2013
    If you haven't already done so, read this link. I think of it as the Holy Grail of Quail. And let us know how things go; post some pics.

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