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Quail egg hatching percentages

Discussion in 'Quail' started by cassjade6064, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. cassjade6064

    cassjade6064 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read on this site most quails with a 60 % hatch rate and thought if the eggs are al fertilised and you do everything right why is it so low and I have found if you leave them in the turner it's more like a 90% hatch rate well it was for me anyway has anyone else found any other ways to hatch a better percentage?
     
  2. fishforbrains

    fishforbrains Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, in humans, they estimate around 1/3 of pregnancies naturally fail and stop developing/miscarry early in the process. I don't see why we should suspect bird embryos to be any better at avoiding these types of developmental mistakes.
     
  3. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the 60% is either for shipped eggs or for when something hasn't been done quite right, like humidity, temperature, turning, storage before incubation and such. Or possibly when the parents are a little too closely related. When people incubate their own, fresh eggs from unrelated birds, in fully automatic incubators and nothing goes wrong, the hatch rate should be closer to 80% than to 60%.
     
  4. cassjade6064

    cassjade6064 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks that's good to know. Is there any suggestions to do better? Also a lot of people talk about problems with pecking, is that with particular quail breeds or certain ages?
     
  5. raisingdaisies

    raisingdaisies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just hatched our first batch, and among those who were actually fertilized we had a 78.6% hatch rate. We had quite a few unfertilized ones because we have one male and 8 female, which is way too many for the boy ;)

    The only pecking problem we have had is our male, who is now separated and on the freezer camp list. He's a violent breeder and we had not heard of that until we had the problem with him. Otherwise they are incredibly gentle and do not fight at all.
     
  6. kyzerc

    kyzerc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    with my 2 1588,s hatchs have been between 99% to 100% last 3 hatchs
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2016
  7. kyzerc

    kyzerc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    get a bottle ofI just got a bottle at t and supply anti picking product.murry mc murry and stromburgs have have 3 kinds.Tractor and supply has one type I bought last week
     

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