quails hatching soon! tips?

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  1. Chickquail army

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    Hello there! I am new to the bird breeding and hatching world and currently I have a homemade incubator with 14 Texas A&M quails. They seem to be growing well exept for the oddly shaped air sack and since their due date is this weekend please give me tips. Like should I stop rotating the eggs on day 14 or 15? Or what should the temperature and humidity be on the last few days?
     
  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stop turning on day 15.

    Raise humidity to 70 plus.

    Leave temp where is was during incubation.

    Good luck with your hatch
     
  3. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    Goodluck! Some of your babies will take ages to hatch. They will externally pip and some will sit for 24 hours before proceeding, so don't be stressed if they seem to be taking awhile. If it gets to 36 hours after they have externally pipped and they haven't got any further you may have to help out. It's up to you whether you do or not, but 99% of the time the babies turn out absolutely fine. Once they do hatch the sound of their peeping often hurries the others to hatch so don't take them out of the incubator too quick. Don't worry if they are knocking the other eggs around a bit - they will all be fine.

    At first, in your brooder, sprinkle ground up food everywhere so that wherever they pick at they will find food. Some of mine aren't even fully dry before they are looking for food. Make sure you have something on the base of your brooder that gives them some grip. Slippery floors will lead to splayed legs (but they are easy and quick to fix if that does happen). After a day or so the babies work out where the food bowl is and after that you can put bedding down. Don't forget they need a shallow dish or chick waterer with marbles in it for a few days too. You may have to show them the water by tapping the surface with your finger to get them interested. They generally copy each other but try to keep an eye on them to make sure everyone knows where the water is.

    Baby quail are so adorable!
     
  4. Chickquail army

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    Thank you guys! I've had the incubator on 105. Sometimes it's warmer and since the period of hatching is coming soon I was wondering if I should lower it to 99 since it might get too warm *-*
     
  5. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the temp by the eggs.

    Still air or does it have a fan.

    105 is way to the hot side. It only needs to be 99.5 for forced air. About 102 for still air.

    105 for a extended time might kill the eggs
     
  6. Chickquail army

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    It's a still air incubator and it's on lock down right now with the temperature at 98. I've had the eggs at the high temperature yet I still see movement in them but I'm still worried about now since it's almost time and from what I've read it the time in which they are more susceptible to dying ;-;
     
  7. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    Try not to worry. As long as they have good sized air cells and are healthy chicks then they'll hatch just fine. The air cell is essential as that provides enough oxygen for them until they can externally pip. They can take 24 hours, sometimes a bit more, from external pip to hatching. Even knowing that you'll be checking them constantly! I know I do! Good luck!
     
  8. Chickquail army

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    Well I do hope they hatch healthy. I can't do anything at the moment because I'm at school so I just text my mom every hour to check the temperature and humidity >•< I keep scrolling this website and other websites on tips. Wow hatching eggs for the first time causes headaches •~¤
     
  9. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    It's not just the first time - I've hatched a few times now and it's always nerve wracking. Just recently I hatched for the first time using an incubator. It's so much easier when a broody hen does all the work for you!
     
  10. Chickquail army

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    That sound true. I have a baby chick and I was hoping it'll be a hen so she could do all the hard work but I got a rooster. These little quail babys should make it! It's funny how they are still alive and developing since the first 2 days they were in over 120 degrees!
     

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