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Discussion in 'Quail' started by jakec, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. jakec

    jakec In the Brooder

    Aug 3, 2011
    i was wondering if yall can tell me a good fairly inexpensive incubator to get for me to try and hatch some quail. ive never done it and would like to try. i have 4 big butler bobwhites and 10 cotournix. i havent got any eggs from the bobwhite yet but get a couple a day from the cots. ive heard about letting chickens hatch them but dont know if thats ok or what. i have 9 bantam hens so if thats possible i could try that. thanks for the help.

  2. I don't know nuthin about bators but letting the mother hatch them seems fine, thats what i would do
  3. I've never had a coturnix hen set eggs.. not saying it's not possible.. but pretty rare when it does happen

    for incubating I've had good luck with the brinsea incubators.. I think the least expensive bator that would be reliable would be something along the lines of a home made cooler bator

    personally I don't like the LG bators .. here it gets way too hot in the summer for them to work properly (we don't use AC)
  4. bckyrdchknluvr

    bckyrdchknluvr Chirping

    Jun 12, 2011
    Yes, you can use a broody bantam chicken to sit on your quail eggs. Put the eggs in gradually and please, either separate her from everyone else or take the babies almost as soon as they hatch. They are not like chicks, they will walk away from "mom" almost as soon as they hatch, and they are the size of a bee. Your biggest problem will be the hen accidentally cracking eggs. Good luck. I'll be trying this with my silkies this year. P.S. I just bought a Brinsea, haven't even got it yet, but I went with them because the reviews are the best and my mini advance is pretty automated.
  5. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    i use a Hovabator 1602n, its a still air model runs about 50 bucks, i put a pc fan in it to convert it to forced air.

    i've never had any issues with it, just got the auto turners to go with it(they were about 50 as well)
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I'm a Brinsea fan. I've hatched both chickens & quail with mine I'm very satisfied with its performance.
  7. joe125

    joe125 Songster

    Sep 20, 2010
    Well, if you want to hatch game birds(Quail) , I can tell you what to avoid...anything that starts with L and ends with G.

    Nuff said!

    Good incubators are not inexpensive

  8. jakec69

    jakec69 Hatching

    Dec 29, 2011
    thanks looks like ill be getting a brinsea.
  9. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    I have been using hovabators the last coupla years I liked the first one so much I got a second one I have duck in one right now and coturnix in the other when the gambels and chukars start dropping eggs they will be in them as well
  10. jensen

    jensen In the Brooder

    Sep 23, 2009
    Well there is quite a range to choose from... I would agree with Joe on the one he says to avoid. You might want to take a look at one of the models from Brinsea as they are known for quality as bckyrdchknluvr mentioned.

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