quail incubation humidity

Discussion in 'Quail' started by BOBHOPE, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. BOBHOPE

    BOBHOPE New Egg

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    I have coturnix eggs in my incubator and some ppl say 75% for the first 14 days then up the humidity to 90% for the last few non turning days.

    I have it at 78% right now and I am only a few days into the process so far.

    Thanks for any info!
     
  2. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been running 50% humidity through the turning cycle and when I stop turning uping the humidity to 75-80% and opening the plugs. Sorry, but I've never heard that high of humidity.
     
  3. JewellFarm

    JewellFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Lebanon, Virginia
    I run mine at 40 percent until I stop turning then bump it up to around 70 percent. I just hatched 40 a couple weeks ago using this method. Works great for me.
     
  4. BOBHOPE

    BOBHOPE New Egg

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    I have always hatched chickens , this will be my first quail, I know with humidity that high chicken eggs wont dehydrate enough and the chicks drown in the shell.

    The only reason I was wondering is the lady I got my eggs from said she even mist her eggs lightly with a water bottle every couple days and it creates higher hatches in quail.

    I also run a homemade incubator not a store bought one so it has air holes open all the time I never plug them, I have 132 eggs in it right now and I am around 77-78% humidity. Everywhere I look I get conflicting info so I am kinda of confused with the quail deal.
     
  5. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really think that you have been given bad info. Please DO NOT spray your eggs. This is bad on so many levels I personally feel. Humidity is something argued by many but I have never heard anyone go that high. Little giant incubators have two troughs for water. One to fill constantly and one to fill the last part of the hatch. Not sure what you have but you might even read your instruction manual for that perticular type.
     
  6. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm running my current hatch at 45% for the first 14 days and then 70-75% for the last 3. Got a bunch of pips right now, actually.
     
  7. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    should you change the temp also? or just the humidity?
     
  8. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    The biggest difference in how humidity levels are achieved is if the incubator is in an air conditioned room or in a very dry climate.

    Our air is not working so at most I may add water the last day or so but often can do a dry hatch with great results.
     
  9. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always forget to refil the water in mine and it goes dry... I have the best results trying to keep it a 40 percent the WHOLE time even durning hatch... but I forget the eggs in the turner all the time too!
     
  10. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Only change the humidity. You MAY have to drop the temp a little depending on what/how many eggs you have because towards the end they will start to produce their own heat. Some incubators can adjust to it though. Just watch your temps.
     

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