Incubating Quail Eggs! Help?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by youdontknow32, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. youdontknow32

    youdontknow32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    South Western PA
    We are incubating quail eggs for the first time...so any tips please?
    Stop Turning?
    They hatch 16-18 days.
    Temperature?
    Humidity?

    Thanks!!


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  2. chicken+quail=luv

    chicken+quail=luv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i haven't hatched my quail yet, but i have done research. the temperature is about 99.5 Fahrenheit, and i have the research for the rest of the questions, so i will reply again.
     
  3. chicken+quail=luv

    chicken+quail=luv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay, the humidity is 60-70% during incubation, and 75-85% while hatching. and you stop turning the eggs depending on the kind of quail. for buttons, i think you stop at 14 days. hope i helped!
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  4. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    What kind of quail are you hatching?

    Generally, they are the same as chickens, except for the day you stop turning.
    Still air: 101-102°F, 45-50% humidity; stop turning 3 days before due date and bump humidity to 65-75%.
    Forced air: 99.5°F, humidity the same.

    Buttons/Coturnix: Stop turning 14 days, should hatch 16-17 days.
    Bobwhites: Stop turning 21 days, should hatech 23 days.

    Edited to add: The eggs are a lot smaller, so the higher humidity could drown them. You have to make sure your hygrometer is working perfectly.
     
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  5. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    *chicken+quail=luv* :

    okay, the humidity is 60-70% during incubation, and 75-85% while hatching. and you stop turning the eggs depending on the kind of quail. for buttons, i think you stop at 14 days. hope i helped!
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    Too high on the humidity and you will drown your quail chicks. I don't bump my humidity up past 60% when hatch time comes. As they hatch the humidity will rise a bit. I have had it as high as 80% and drown an entire batch.​
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I kept my button eggs at a steady 45-50% during incubation, and bumped it to at least 65% for the hatch. So far I have 19 chicks out of 30 eggs that had development!!
     
  7. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    i do the same as Shelley for my coturnix and button eggs.


    My coturnix I got 50% hatch rate this last time (chicks are about 4 days old i thikn it is now) [​IMG]
     

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