Discussion in 'Quail' started by thornydevil, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. thornydevil

    thornydevil Just Hatched

    Jul 13, 2016
    Can someone guide me through the incubation process. I have fertile valley,gambel and courtnix eggs. Thank you
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Flock Master Premium Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    If you want them hatching at the same time you'll have to put them in on different days. The gambels and valleys could go in on the same day (gambels take 21-23 days, valleys 22-23) then maybe 4-5 days later add the coturnix as their incubation period is 17-18 days. Unless you can set up a hatcher where you place eggs to hatch that has higher humidity.

    Temperature for incubation: 99.5F forced air (i.e. If your incubator has a fan)
    Humidity: 55-60% until lockdown when you bump it up to 65-70%
    Lockdown is 3-4 days before they are due to hatch

    Chicks can be left in the incubator to dry off but should be removed after 24 hours at the most. They may need to be shown the food (I scatter it everywhere so wherever they peck they find food - after a couple of days they will know where the food bowl is). You may need to dip their beaks in the water though later hatchlings will copy the 'older' chicks.

    Anything else just ask away.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by