- Feb 23, 2011
I had 35 Coturnix quail eggs in the incubator, but none hatched on day 18 or 19. I had chicken eggs in at the same time, so I decided just to leave them because I didn't want to mess up the chicken eggs. Well, last night on day 20 I noticed one had zipped. I left it expecting to find a quail chick in the morning, but it was just the same. I ended up helping him out. So, now he's hatched and moving around and peeping, but both of his feet stay curled under him! I've read threads about chickens with curled toes that said to make 'booties' out of band-aids; should I do this? Does it still work if the chick is a full 24 hours old, or does it have to be done sooner?