Quail Hatch - Egg Carton Vs Reg method - Amazing results - UPDATE

Discussion in 'Quail' started by PurpleChicken, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Today is day 16 for Sam's quail eggs he sent me. I started with 50.
    Out of curiosity I left 25 in the cartons Sam sent me and put 25 in the
    regular egg tray. I'm using a Brinsea Octagon 40 at 101.4 degrees air
    temp and 99.4 degrees wiggler temp. Humidity started arounf 40 and
    I raised it into the 60's for the last hatch.

    Here is the start pic:
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    Here is where I'm at now at day 16 (give or take 12 hours):
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    Notice the missing eggs? Maybe cause they are here:
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    So why??? 22 out of 25 eggs that were in the egg carton and upright hatched
    while none of the 25 laying on their sides hatched.

    Surprise!! In the last 30 minutes 3 of the 25 on the right have hatched.


    What is going on here? Is this a case study? Why did the eggs placed upright
    in a cardboard tray hatch quicker and with such an amazing rate?????


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    Cmon you scientists and biologists... Give me some answers.
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2008
  2. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only thing that I can think of is that they didn't drown in the moisture inside the eggs. I've been hatching like that for years.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Ever since I started using an egg carton for hatching last spring my hatch rate has went way up. I'll never do it any other way.

    By the way.....cute chicks!! [​IMG]
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:Hatching in egg cartons?

    I've done it both ways but never side by side like this.




    Since I made this thread 8 (yes 8) of the ones on the right have broken out.
    Hmmmmmmmmm
     
  5. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:Really K? The Hovabator and LG turners won't let you use a carton but my Brinsea is
    perfect for it. I was afraid the chickes wouldn't get out. 22 of 25 eggs proves me wrong.


    Want a Quail Katy? One of them just whispered your name in my ear. They want
    to go home to mommy K. [​IMG]
     
  6. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    I have Coturnix eggs in my bator from Tori due to hatch next weekend and i have the same little brown cartons like in your pics.... i'm hatching my chicken eggs with the egg carton method ... since you hatch your quail eggs with the method i was thinking i should try it and see what happens?
     
  7. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
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    PC Im sooo happy you are having such a great hatch rate...I was hoping to finally start seeing some good % hatches from my eggs...my male to female ratio was GREAT so I was stumped why people werent hatching more. So how many of the 50 eggs have hatch now?
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  8. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

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    They look great PC! Bring that little golden baby over [​IMG] They're gorgeous!
     
  9. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I don't know. I was NOT a believer in the method being any better then laying the eggs on their sides. However a little while ago I decided I have nothing to loose why not try it. Well on those three hatches I hatched 17 out of 18, 16 out of 17, and 7 of 7. I don't know if it was the cartons or just getting better at hatching. Thank you for posting your results with a side by side test. [​IMG]
     
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  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Really K? The Hovabator and LG turners won't let you use a carton but my Brinsea is
    perfect for it. I was afraid the chickes wouldn't get out. 22 of 25 eggs proves me wrong.


    Want a Quail Katy? One of them just whispered your name in my ear. They want
    to go home to mommy K. [​IMG]

    I put them in the cartons on day 18 when I take them out of the turner.

    They are cute, but I'll let you keep them and just enjoy the wild ones running around here. [​IMG]
     

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