Is this hatch ruined?? Please read. (day 16)

Discussion in 'Quail' started by PsycoPeep, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. PsycoPeep

    PsycoPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whelp! Today's day 16. I doubt anything's gonna hatch, though. She layed 6 eggs w/in 9 days & on day 11 I didn't want to wait any longer (I heard the eggs are only viable up to 14 days) so I put them in the incubator. (1) But I wasn't rotating them in her cage before I collected them and IDK if she was rolling them around or not. So who knows how that'll go. (2) Plus the first 2-3 days I was going by the thermometer on the outside of the lid, which was saying 99-101 but the one I put inside and layed on top of the eggs was saying 96-98. So then I turned it up slightly and started going by the one on top of the eggs as someone had suggested. So is that gonna ruin the eggs? (3) Then on day 5, I had a dentist appt & had 2 wisdom teeth pulled. I was on pain meds & feeling like crap, so I was laying down taking a nap & my husband decided to 'be nice' and rotate the eggs for me. Well, instead of rocking them from side to side, he flipped them end over end and the fat end where the air sac is was pointing down. Lovely. Well my kids rotated for the rest of the day and also 1st thing in the morning and they never noticed. So 2nd rotation that morning, "I" did it, and that's when I noticed and turned them the right way. So it was over 1/2 a day but less than a full day. (4) I thought humidity was supposed to be around 55-65% so every time it dropped to 50%, I added a small splash of water. Only I didn't know how tiny of an amt you actually NEED, so it'd jump to like 70-80% and I'd just leave it alone & let it come back down again & the next time add even less. Then someone else told me that it's not the same as chickens & Button Quail are supposed to be 40-50%. So IDK if all that extra humidity in the beginning is going to have an affect or not? (5) the morning of day 14 I added a little more water to get them up to the 70% range that they're supposed to be at for hatching. But then the next day it dropped way down again and I had to add a tiny amt more. Then this morning, day 16, I wake up and it's at 42-44% & I had to add more water again. Everyone keeps telling me to stay out of there and do NOT open it during the final 3 days, but if the humidity's at 40-50% what am I supposed to do? I kinda have to. (6) OH! I was also trying to mark X & O on it like it says to, but the pen ever so slightly cracked one of the shells. So I really feel like I have done everything possible wrong, here. I realize that we all don't know what we're doing and have to learn at some point & we all start at ground zero and learn from there, but still....I just feel like crap about it. I've sat here & in other groups and listened to so many other people talking about hatches, trouble shooting, tips & ideas, things that went bad and how to avoid them, and etc... but yet, here I sit, still making mistakes. What do you guys think? Do you think they're pretty much ruined? They're too dark of a color to candle. That and plus they're too small to fit in the candler, so even w/me wrapping my finger & thumb around them, it still wouldn't illuminate the egg so I could see in it. So I'm really kinda going at this blindly.


     
  2. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should not be turning them after day 13. and if you have the air vent opened sometimes up can add a sponge under it and using a turkey baster add water through the air hole. it worked for me. do leave the eggs for a few more days, up to 21 days. Do not try to candle them as it takes a very powerful light to shine through the shell and its really not help anyway. If nature wants them to hatch they will. Good luck.
    And are you on the button quail page on facebook?
     
  3. PsycoPeep

    PsycoPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, that's me. I haven't rotated them since evening of day 13. Today's end of day 16 (just after midnight) and nothing yet.
     
  4. PsycoPeep

    PsycoPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG! 2/6 hatched!!! Are you KIDDING me????? OMG! OMG! One's VERRRY yellow and almost looks like it has stripes adn the other's so dark it's almost black. I can tell the yellow hatched first. The other 4 eggs don't look like there's any activity, but I can't check again till I come home from work after 11 PM. They're like chickens where they absorb the yolk and you're supposed to leave them in the incubator for up to a day, right? So don't take them out yet??
     
  5. dougjefferson

    dougjefferson Out Of The Brooder

    Yea they need to dry out then into the brooder, prob have to dip their beaks into the water and feed. Congrats
     
  6. PsycoPeep

    PsycoPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 more hatched in the early hours of the morning! I can't believe it! 2 yellow, (the 2nd one isn't as light as the 1st) and 2 dark ones. All 4 have stripes. I'll get pics later, they're still in the incubator right now and I need to finish getting their brooder set up and get them in it.
     

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