Peeps family

peeps family

7 Years
Nov 17, 2012
Hi everyone! Last Sat. we picked up some Japanese Coturnix Quail. They are Browns and Blonds , are only 6 to 7 weeks old and they are laying 1 egg a day. If they keep laying this way we will have approx. 300 eggs a month. Anyone interested in Quail Eggs? Our incubator just arrived Friday and we are trying a run without eggs to figure out the heat settings and humidity. So far the humidity is a challenge.We are now trying a syringe with small tubing through the vent hole so we don't have to open the incubator. Hopefully we will get it right before we get tooo many eggs. Our question is.... what solution do we use to disinfect the eggs and the incubator? We would appreciate any suggestions you may have before we set the Quail eggs. . Thanks
Hello and welcome to BYC
You should pickle all those eggs!
Greetings from Kansas, peeps family, and
! Happy to have you aboard. Sounds like you're about to be up to your ears in quail eggs! I'm not sure how one disinfects eggs. There are commercial egg washes available or I suppose you can make your own. You might post your question over in the Quail thread (in the Other Backyard Poultry forum). Best of luck to you and your quail!!
How do you control the humidity in a fan air incubator? we have a Pro Series Circulated air incubator by Farm Innovators Inc. It holds the temp great BUT the humidity is either at 30% or goes up to 60% when we add warm distilled water. Your help would be most appreciated.
Use only clean eggs going into the incubator. The less you handle them the better, as the oil on your hands can clog the pores in the shell through which the developing baby must get air. NEVER wash or put ANY chemical or detergent on the eggs to be hatched. The shells are porous and you will kill the fertile eggs. BEFORE you start the incubatiion process and AFTER the eggs hatch (or don't, as the case may be) use diluted chlorine bleach to sterilize the incubator, rinse well and leave it open for a few days to air out before using or storing.

Control humidity by opening the incubator BRIEFLY to add warm water in the bottom. Use a thermometer/hygrometer to measure temperature and humidity. A few days before expected hatching, add additional water in the bottom water trays but NEVER allow water to touch the eggs. You are just raising the humidity so the membrane inside the shell does not dry out and cling to the baby chick, as it can prevent the chick from coming out of the shell, and it will die if it gets stuck.

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