jumbo coturnix eggs on the way. HELP PLEASE.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by tknjk, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. tknjk

    tknjk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never incubated anything before. I got a little giant still air incubator, and turner.
    I just ordered 20+ jumbo coturnix on ebay, and they will be here in a couple days. Tell
    me if I have this down right.

    1. get the incubator running 24 hr. prior to arrival.
    2. let eggs sit in room 24 hours before incubating
    3. put eggs in incubator (which direction)
    4. incubate 99.5 - 101 deg. for roughly 15 days turning
    5. turn off turner for last 3-4 days
    6. hopefully hatch eggs on days 18 or so.


    please tell me if I got this right. I'm afraid I'm not gonna do something right, or miss a step, and screw up.
     
  2. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    You got it! I turn mine for sometimes 14-16 days depending. And usually everyone hatches before day 18. But I always leave my eggs in the bator for 2-4 days after I expect them to hatch so I make sure there are noo slow pokes.
    Good luck!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    water for humidity?
     
  4. tknjk

    tknjk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Check. I have a question about that. My incubator is pretty basic. no hygrometer. Do I really need to worry about the level?
    Just put water in there, make sure it has water at all times, and leave it be?
     
  5. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    take it from me I thought that the higher hum,idity would be better for hatching but I drowned a bunch of my babies. I would get a hydrometer (at least for the last few days)
     
  6. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    Humiditiy...High 40s to 50s for incubation......60-70 for hatch.
    % that is.
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  7. tknjk

    tknjk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't really have any money for a hydrometer. Any way to kinda gauge the humidity level without one?
     
  8. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    Get a hydrometer, I have the same incubator and it is never humid enough just using the trays. I had to add sponges and a dish to get the humidity up. If you can't afford one now... hopefully you can in a week or so. I think during the hatch is most important to keep the humidity up. Also get some aquarium tubing so you can add water without lifing the lid during the hatch period. You can get both below $10 at walmart... turn in some aluminum cans or something.. but try to get one so your money you spent on eggs doesnt go to waste.


    Good luck! I'll be incubating some Jumbo eggs myself in a few days! I look forward to seeing your updates!


    Nancy
     
  9. Mrs MIA

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  10. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Quote:They're on their way to the PO now... [​IMG]
     

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