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Should I remove the turner?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SkyWarrior, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    I have an incubator with a turner going with Coturnix eggs. I was wondering when I stop the turner on the 12th day if I should remove the turner because the Coturnix quail legs are so delicate and Coturnix chicks are so small? Thoughts?[​IMG]

  2. Mandymooligan

    Mandymooligan Songster

    Mar 18, 2011
    Chino Valley, AZ
    Can you unplug the turner and let them hatch on it?
  3. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    That is one possibility. The other thing I did on my ONE quail hatch was to put the vinyl Kitchen liner that keeps things from sliding. It's for lining cabinets and utensil drawers....Otherwise the little quail legs will get caught in the wire, as the wire in my incubator was too wide for their leggs..Good luck and have a blessed day Nancy
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I don't know how big the risk is for them to hurt their legs by getting them caught in a corner, but I'd remove it just to make clean-up easier.

    I don't do quail, but are they small enough to hide under the turner and make them hard to get out of the incubator? As clumsy as I am, I'd maybe think I might hurt one if I had to dig it out from underneath. But I don't know how small they really are.
  5. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    I'd take it out and put down some paper toweling over the screening. If this is your first time incubating, I've found that I need to barely touch the temp up to make up for the lack of heat from the turner motor. Just a teeny tiny wee little bit.

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