Incubating quail eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by quailss, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. quailss

    quailss Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 27, 2010
    I am wondering when should I start turning quail eggs and what is the best amount of times I should turn my eggs in 1 day? I have just set them in the incubator.
  2. TeePants

    TeePants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2011
    I think quails follow the same rules as chickens? Did you rest them before putting them in? If so, you should start turning them now, at least 3 times a day with no more than 12 hours between turns. Hatching can take as long as 25 days to hatch depending on what type of quail you have.

    You also want to do an odd number of turns a day, so that they end up resting on a different side each night. It helps to mark them with a pencil or sharpie with an 'x' and 'o' so you know what side you had up last - I've been keeping a tally on a sheet of paper for mine cause I have goldfish memory.

    Not sure how accurate this chart is, but here! Lockdown Chart by Species

    I'm sure someone with hands on experience with quail will chime in shortly. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011
  3. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Same as most other eggs, minimum three times a day. If they were shipped eggs some people like to put them in the incubator and not turn them for a day or so to let the air sac settle, but if these weren't shipped eggs or if you've already rested them for a bit then you can start turning right away. Well, after eight hours!

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