Here's the current status on the quail hatch:It's lock down day for us, on our first batch of button quail eggs that we ordered from Burton's Pirogue Aviaries on ebay. I'm interested to see if anyone else is also incubating eggs recently shipped
Egg source: Burton's Pirogue Aviaries
Species: Button Quail
Shipping condition on arrival: box appeared to be in good condition, eggs were well wrapped. They were placed in a cardboard egg carton, surrounded by sawdust, wrapped inside a bubble mailer, which was placed inside a box padded with more bubble mailers and other packing materials.
Amount ordered: 15
Received: 20, two had hairline cracks in them only detected via candling prior to setting
Amount of eggs set: 18
Time allowed for these eggs to rest: 12 hours
Time and date set: 12:00 am March 12th
Incubator used: Little Giant Forced Air incubator with egg turner, quail rails installed.
Temperature: consistent 99.5 to 100.00 degrees
Humidity: has been between 60% to 70%
Fertility rate: so far all eggs have developed and appear to be alive. 4/18 have egg shells too dark to see through more than the pointy end, but veins are visible even on these dark eggs.
Hatch results: To Be Determined
Other notes: I have incubated eggs before but this is our first time using this incubator. So far it has been doing great. I have tested it with three other thermometers and humidity meters and it's sensor does appear to be reading accurately. It was a birthday present from my husband and I am so excited to hatch these eggs! The incubator is in our dining room which stays around 68 to 70 degrees.
10 hatched without assistance required.
2 had to have assistance.
1 of those two was under developed and it's air sacs had been on the side of the egg instead of the round end.
The other was encased in two membrane layers, and I believe it may have been shrink-wrapped when we took the other chicks out and moved them to the brooder. It survived assistance and is slowly making steps of improvement. I have been feeding it a mixture of Gatorade, water, banana, and egg yolk. It is now attempting to peck at things and is behaving a little more normally, but it's very tired and wants to sleep.
I will include pictures of each chick soon. Each one is different in coloration, some are the same color variety but are individual enough to tell them apart. One of them has a solid black face with stripes on its head and back a creamy greyish belly, it's definitely the most rambunctious and likes to chase finger tips. Haha.
That leaves six eggs. I candled them last night. One showed movement.
Two have egg shells too dark to see through.
Three look like their development halted shortly after I took them out of the egg turner. I will give the dark eggs and the one I could see movement in one or two more days before I remove them.