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Questions for help with my quail incubator!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quailchick91, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. quailchick91

    quailchick91 Just Hatched

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    So I built an incubator for cortunix quail eggs outta a plastic storage bin old panel to a Guinea pig cage for a cover a heat lamp with a 75 watt bulb and a small jar of water for humidity the temp reaches almost 100 degrees f but every now and again will drop a few degrees to about 94 or 95 degrees but that's the lowest I've seen it go. How low a temp can quail eggs survive under before intervention is needed? And wat can I do to raise the temp and keep it stable? My quail eggs arrive this Saturday so I need answers before then thanks to all in advance!
     
  2. Everlong

    Everlong Out Of The Brooder

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    Storage boxes will not work. You need an old cooler to make an incubator. I learned myself. Before....[​IMG]

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  3. quailchick91

    quailchick91 Just Hatched

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    Sadly styrofoam coolers are a seasonal item where I live and are not available to me right now this storage bin was all I had
     
  4. Everlong

    Everlong Out Of The Brooder

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    I used a regular cooler, you can find used coolers for cheap locally for sale, craigslist etc...
    If you use a storage box your light will be on most of the time
     
  5. quailchick91

    quailchick91 Just Hatched

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    I'm gonna try using a different method with one of my old ten gallon aquariums and see how that goes if nothing else works I will try out the cooler method
     
  6. Everlong

    Everlong Out Of The Brooder

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    from what I have found, and I'm still new to this, anything will work. Cardboard box will work, someone recently had eggs hatch from underneath a table lamp. But, hatch rates for sure will be different, and it might be hard to keep proper % of humidity. I screwed up first time with my cooler by opening it too often and not keeping humidity at constant. Only 1 hatched out of 7 and it died two days later. On my second attempt I just kept it closed for 20 days and kept humidity at 60% all the time. 5 out of 7 hatched, the other two eggs were not fertile. All hatched within few hours.
     
  7. eHuman

    eHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On my first batch I used a see through plastic tote wire wire cloth riveted to the cut out lid for my brooder. on my last hatch I set too many eggs to consider using it. I went to a second hand store and bought an old dvd cabinet and repurposed it. 24" wide by 46" tall and 18" deep. Laid it on its back and built legs for a comfy height.

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  8. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    got a tractor supply nearby? Ask them if you can have one the next time they get vaccines in :)
     
  9. quailchick91

    quailchick91 Just Hatched

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    Tractor supply in my state are not nice enough to do that Idk why? But whenever I ask them for things they throw away they refuse me flat out I think they since to somehow recognize that I'm high functioning autistic and just wanna be ignorant towards lending me a hand they've given me great customer service when I asked for help finding stuff in the store but evrything else they act like jerks
     
  10. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    Have you asked for their receiver. They just throw those away in the dumpster
     

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