Should I give up?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cherndon712, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    My quail eggs aren't hatching. 3 did 2 days ago, they're on day 20 today.
     
  2. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    I wouldn't give up. Some quail take 23 to 25 days to hatch. Good luck
     
  3. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    These are button quail, so they're only supposed to take 16 days!!
     
  4. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    so you're 4 days over then. [​IMG]
     
  5. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    Yeah...
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well... I say it is time to take them out and crack them open to see why they didn't hatch. Take pics and document it and you can figure out went wrong where.
     
  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:Silkie, the brilliant scientist, is giving good advice. Something went wrong. Best to
    find out before you attempt another.

    Oh, attempt another. Everyone has bad hatches.
     
  8. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    When I got them, 4 were cracked and "scrambled" in the shell...I guess I was lucky 3 hatched!!
     
  9. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    I cracked them...7 didn't even develop, and 2 were like this pic.
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    I could see definate veins, and a black spot.
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you look up hamburger and hamilton, you can find chicken stages of development. The pictures there should be similar to what all other birds go though, just in different periods of time. Features on the black spot can tell you how old it really got, as in, how well is the head formed, are there wing buds, leg buds, actual toes, feathers, and so on. Often, if the chick dies before the first week or so, it is due to a developmental or genetic defect. If the egg is scrambled, often it was just never fertile or died within the first day. Blood like we know it and can actually see, starts to form on day 2-3 in chickens, so probably early day 2 for the quail.
     

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