Quail Hatched: How long can they stay in the incubator?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Shabbir512, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. Shabbir512

    Shabbir512 New Egg

    Dec 14, 2013
    One of my quail egg has just hatched and a few pipped. For how long can i leave the chicks in the incubator without food and water?
    currently the Temperature is 37C and the Humidity between 68-70.
    If i can leave the in the incubator? for how long and at what temp and humidity?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    You can leave them in there for 24 hours. Some people will say longer and up to 30 hours, but I think quail need to eat and drink much faster than chicken chicks. They have just absorbed their yolk sac just before hatching and can stay there for at least 24 hours. And you do not want to open the lid of the bator with pipped eggs. They will dry up and can kill the babies.

    When you do get them out of the bator, dip their beaks in the water first thing before setting them down. That way they not only get a tiny bit of water, but will remember where it is.

    Lay down paper towels in the brooder and crush and sprinkle the feed all around on the floor near the feeder so they can also find the feed. Some feed is too large for babies to eat, so it helps to crush it.

    Good luck with your quail hatch!
  3. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    I do not really see a need to go much over 24 hours as water is very
    important at this stage so dip them beaks in some water and I use
    chick starter otherwise you will need to crush up their feed for them
    to eat and keep them warm I usually have the brooder at 100F even
    if this is high there is room for them to back off to a cool spot of their
    liking but feed water and heat is about the important points now ...

    gander007 [​IMG]
  4. Shabbir512

    Shabbir512 New Egg

    Dec 14, 2013
    Thank You TwoCrows and Gander.. you advice will really help me have a good start with my quails.
    The quail is still attached to the egg via a small umbilical cord kind of string and is roaming around the bator with the egg attached.
    I guess it will just detach when it dries off.
  5. thinkloically

    thinkloically Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2013
    You should take them out and keep them in a brooder with a heat lamp.
  6. Tammy N

    Tammy N Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2011
    Florence Oregon
    Make sure that the heat lamp is Clear If not the tinted ones can and will kill your Babies

    Have fun
  7. mamamac87

    mamamac87 Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2014

    Not to hijack post, but I thought you used red bulbs to prevent cannibalism?
  8. pkhunter

    pkhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2014
    My brooder box has a red heat lamp and I've never had any problems. Why would it kill them?
  9. Tammy N

    Tammy N Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2011
    Florence Oregon
    If its Glass ok but dusted is bad for them

  10. LoreleiS

    LoreleiS Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2014
    I am glad to have gotten this information we just hatched Snow Flakes, Mexican, and California and some Giant Georgia Bob Whites. Along with some Great Looking Pheasants
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