last minute quitters question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by barnwife, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. barnwife

    barnwife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question.

    Lately I have tried hatching quail, both coturnix and buttons. I have about a 25% hatch rate, BUT 50% make it to within a day or so of hatching...and never pip, so they are FULLY FORMED and dead in the shell...seems like they are HUGE and may have trouble moving enough to pip perhaps? I do not have this problem with ducks or chicks...just the quail.

    Do I need to help them pip a day earlier? I need your advice. Thanks!
     
  2. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Have you asked Monarc? She is the quail queen. We hatch ours at the same settings for chicks. To be honest I never even noticed that they pip the shell, I have seen them pushing out of the shell and it looks more cracked, I always figured they just pushed their way out?

    Steve in NC
     
  3. barnwife

    barnwife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I am beginning to hate the LG... I have a few pm' from folks who said it's from variant temps in the lg ...I think I am going to be very very quick about getting rid of my Lg's once hubby gets me the sportsman in a few months (yay!).

    I will ask monarc just in case there is something else I am doing wrong...otehr than using an LG.
     
  4. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    You can't go wrong with a sportsman, I just put a batch in ours to hatch, I did check them and they do have a small pip. I never noticed it before.

    Steve
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I'm thinking swings in temp or humidity.
     

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