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Quail Egg Candling and Fertility

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Jrose, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I picked up a few dozen coturnix quail eggs from a local guy and popped them in the incubator last Friday. So this is day 6 or 7 today. Every single one of them looks clear. I see no veins or variation between any of the eggs. I'm having trouble finding images online of quail candling timelines. I know with turkey eggs you have to wait longer to see development. With chickens it would be obvious by now. Just not sure with quail.
    At what point is a clear egg a definitive 'infertile'? I am hesitant to believe all 50 eggs are infertile, he's got a really nice set up. I've hatched quail eggs but never actually bothered candling them before. Can anyone link me some resources? Thanks!
     
  2. Monkau

    Monkau Out Of The Brooder

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  3. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Give it two more days. Coturnix eggs are really hard to candle if you dpnt have experience with them. By day 9 a forming chick will obscure the light if there is one in the egg.
     
  4. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I intend to give them the full incubation period unless I get stinkers. I'm not going to assume they're infertile without some experience. I will re-candle in a few days. I've got a really strong light for candling, could that be hindering my visibility on these tiny eggs? I can try a lower-powered light for it...
     

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