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Incubator tray size for Coturnix

Discussion in 'Quail' started by redbarnmeadows, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. redbarnmeadows

    redbarnmeadows Out Of The Brooder

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    I've just hatched some Coturnix quails a few weeks ago and used some of those paper mache egg trays, which didn't work as nicely as I'd prefer, sliding back and forth in the turner, so I want to get a "real" incubator tray for hatching, one that can be cleaned and reused. I have both a Dickey and a Brinsea cabinet incubators (though I prefer to use the Dickey). Which quail tray is preferable for Coturnix? Cutler Supply has trays for 95 eggs or for 124 eggs. I assume the 124 is more for button quail-sized eggs, right? Any idea if the 95-egg trays will fit properly in either incubator? Thanks.
     
  2. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

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    First thing is to measure your tray size.
    You could get trays that are 3 different sizes if your not careful.
    You want to get quail egg trays, not pheasant or anything else.
    The egg count is most likely due to the tray over all size.

    one might have Outside dimensions 12 3/8 "X11 3/8 "
    another might have Outside dimensions 11-1/2" x 9-1/2"
    and I'm sure there are more sizes out there..
     
  3. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. redbarnmeadows

    redbarnmeadows Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you both. I just measured the incubator trays for the Dickey - they are 12-1/4" wide by 24-1/2" long, so it looks like either tray from Cutler Supply or the one from Fleming would fit. I guess my main concern is the size of the cups. I've had button quails before, and the coturnix eggs are about twice the size and were threatening to pop out of the cups in the paper mache egg trays I used for incubating them; they rested on the top edges of the cups instead of in them, which made me nervous. Has anyone used chukar trays for jumbo coturnix eggs? Chukar would be the next size up, right?
     
  5. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the chukar trays and they work great. The ones on Flemings are not fully enclosed so that provides better air circulation. I am ordering some tonight or tomorrow so I can tell you how good they fit when they arrive.
     
  6. redbarnmeadows

    redbarnmeadows Out Of The Brooder

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    That would be great! Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    95 Egg Is Coturnix/ Chukar Size
    124 Egg Is Bob Size But Would Work For Buttons I Suppose

    All Trays Are Designed To Standard Size So They Should Fit Either/ Or Both Your Bators
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I've not used those types of trays but I would think the chukar-sized trays would work best. I know my coturnix eggs don't fit in the regular quail flats, the paper mache, though most of them do 'fit' (using this term loosely) in the quail turner racks on my hovabator turners.
     
  9. redbarnmeadows

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    I had to order some other things too, so I went ahead and ordered from Flemings and got the partridge egg tray http://www.flemingoutdoors.com/plastic-partridge-egg-trays---chuck-80-st.html At the bottom of the item description it even says it will accommodate coturnix quail eggs. Thank you very much Robo for mentioning Flemings - I hadn't found them before and their prices are really good. I'm glad I asked here. Much appreciated!!
     

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