My FrankensteinBATOR Quail hatching + Robin, 2 surprises in one.... Need some help quick.... ;)

Everlong

Chirping
May 17, 2016
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Mississauga, Ontario
So I come home, first thing as usual I go to check on my birds, I get the eggs, check water, and I hear something chirping by the quail cage, a baby ROBIN!!!!!!!!!!!!! so I grab it and take it home from the 34C we are having today. It doesn't fly, just jumps maybe 5-6 inches. I put it in the cage inside along with my quail that was massacred two weeks ago and they are getting along fine.



First Question: What do I do with the Robin???????????????????????????

I look inside my Frankenbator and I see a beek sticking out from the shell, HOOOORAAAYYYYY
the opening is small, just so the beak sticks out and there is movement inside. I don't see it chipping at the shell or anything. It is my first time incubating. I don't know when they started hatching. Coturnix.

Second Question:

What do I do???/ do I help it? How long does it take?







 

Del1977

Chirping
Oct 27, 2015
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Australia
Resist them temptation to help them at this stage. They can take 24-48 hours from that first crack to actually hatch, although some crack and hatch within hours. Assisted hatching is tricky and risky.
 

Everlong

Chirping
May 17, 2016
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7
76
Mississauga, Ontario


Well, I couldn't. Anyway he is alive and well, I think. two minutes after he separated from shell first poop came. I guess that is a good sign. He was somewhat shrink wrapped, so with a syringe I put few drops of water to the sticky spots and withing few minutes he was loose.

The other two eggs that have tiny cracks/beak sized are motionless.
We will see what happens. His name is "One" :)
 

DK newbie

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Apr 20, 2015
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I'll give the robin issue a shot.. It might have left the nest a little early, but most likely the parents were still feeding it. It's very exposed to predators on the ground though, so you might have done the right thing. If there is a safe, shaded location off the ground near the place you found it, you might want to attempt putting it back outside though - if might still be able to call its parents. If not, you need to get it to eat. At first, I'd try to catch bugs for it, dip them in water and offer them to it, perhaps using a pair of tweezers. If you do get it to eat like that, you'll probably grow tired of catching bugs pretty fast and I think you can substitute the bugs with moistened quail feed then.
I had a baby swallow once, which I mainly fed grasshoppers - they were so big it only took about 5 before it was full, flies required around 30 :p I think the grasshoppers' shell might have been a little too hard for it though, but it survived long enough to learn to fly. I think it ended up getting eaten by a cat though.. I carried it around with me in a bird cage so I could feed it every hour or so.
 

weirdones

Chirping
8 Years
Oct 9, 2011
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Greenwood Delaware
Resist them temptation to help them at this stage.  They can take 24-48 hours from that first crack to actually hatch, although some crack and hatch within hours.  Assisted hatching is tricky and risky. 

I agree. Every time you open up your incubator the humidity changes and could cause the membrane to dry like shrink wrap prevent them from breaking out. Be careful removing the shell it's best to let it dry up and fall off. It's kind of like a woman's placenta because there are blood vessels attached to the shell. If these have not dried up and rupture the chick could bleed to death.
 

Everlong

Chirping
May 17, 2016
120
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76
Mississauga, Ontario
Well, the robin is back. Today outside temp reached 34C. He wondered around the house with no success. No other robins showed up. At the end he jumped into a recycle box and my father took him in and put him back with the abused quail. He has been sleeping now for few hours ;P Guess the temp and humidity outside took its toll.

We will try feeding him 28%, and some wet mealworms.
 

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