Qualil Eggs vs. Chicken Eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by yanks26, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. yanks26

    yanks26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you hatch quail eggs any differently than you do chicken eggs? Does it still take 21 days to hatch?

    Please let me know if there are any differences please.
    Thanks!
     
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I know Buttons take like 16 days or something. Not sure on the others types.
     
  3. yanks26

    yanks26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Still gotta turn em and everything right?
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I have tried quail the same way as I do chickens, and it simply did not work. Out of 38 eggs I got 3 chicks.

    I keep my temps at 100-101* still air, with humidity at 50% for incubation, then lower the temp to 99* and up the humidity to 70% for the last 3 days. I had a hatch of shipped buttons eggs that got 19 of 30 good eggs hatch, and jumbo quail shipped eggs that had 17 of 21 eggs hatch with this method.

    And yes, you still have to turn them [​IMG]
     
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  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Sorry, buttons take from 15-18 days to hatch, stop turning end of day 12. Coturnix take about 18 days to hatch, stop turning end of day 15. Bobwhites take either 23 or 24 days, can't remember for sure, just stop turning end of day 20 to be safe.
     
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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    Bobwhite quail eggs take 22 to 24 days to hatch. With the incubator temp set to 99.5 humidity 60 - 65% , 80 - 85% Last 3 days, stop turning the eggs on day 20.
     
  7. Nathan

    Nathan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Valley quail eggs take 27-28 days to hatch.
     
  8. yanks26

    yanks26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So which of the two hobbies is more lucrative in terms of selling to people who demand it, hatching chickens or quail?
     
  9. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens are more popular. Quail are more economical.

    As far as sales, you would probably do better with chickens. They just add a bit of country to anywhere. Most people prefer chickens over quail, eggs and meat. I'm not talking just poultry enthusiasts, I'm talking the general population.

    Quail usually require a license and more special pens. More expensive feed, but if you crunch the numbers, they are more ecomical for eggs and meat. It's just the eggs are small and not practical for today's cooking.

    Chickens are less economical to keep, but are more popular and don't require a license in most cases. When it comes to selling to the general public, chickens are the way to go, people will want to buy eggs and sometimes birds for cooking. Chicks in spring and laying hens in summer.

    Don't get into the hobby purely to make money, it's not worth it unless you enjoy it.

    -Kim
     
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  10. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:I second this! [​IMG] I have both quail and chickens. I can already see that chickens are more profitable. Coturnix quail are my serious hobby and my passion, but chickens are my color/genetic fun, and will do well to pay for themselves, by their eggs (or atleast pay for some feed).

    I really dont see a way to make a profit off of the birds unless you're selling really pricey birds to begin with. [​IMG]
     

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