the smallest quail egg I have ever seen.......

Discussion in 'Quail' started by beakmaster, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. beakmaster

    beakmaster Chirping

    Jan 3, 2013
    Panama City, Florida
    Ok, I have a few dozen A&M quail and they are begining to lay eggs and today I got an egg that is smaller than the diameter of a dime (see pics). My kids made me put it in the incubator, so I did. I kinda doubt it will hatch but you never know. I added 11 extra regular sized eggs just to make it worth the effort. I put them in my brinsea incubator. We shall see. I have never seen this before. Is it possible this is somehow gonna make a button quail? Is this normal?
  2. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Songster

    Oct 10, 2012
    Wow, that's tiny!
    Could just be a fart egg (don't even know if they exist. just throwing out ideas). [​IMG] Hehe. Excuse my childish self.

    I doubt a button quail would magically appear from coturnix quails, nor that anything will develop normally, but I'd be interested in seeing if anything grows during incubation.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2013
  3. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Songster

    May 28, 2012
    you sure you don't have a button in there? Looks like one.
  4. rock101fan

    rock101fan In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2013
    Sometimes when my chickens first start laying they have very very tiny eggs, I wouldn't be surprised if they are not fertile. When they are starting to lay , usually you let them lay for a few weeks before you start to incubate. To make sure fertility isn't a problem, come on they are just beginning to figure out things haha!
  5. TonysChickens

    TonysChickens Chirping

    Feb 27, 2012
    SF Bay Area
    I just got an egg like that the other day. Theres no yolk inside those eggs, so I guess it is a fart egg?
  6. beakmaster

    beakmaster Chirping

    Jan 3, 2013
    Panama City, Florida
    no button quail in my flock. I have never even a button or raised any.
  7. it probably is a "fart egg".. we used to get one every now and then from our Coturnix.. never had a yolk in them though.. so incubating a true "fart egg" won't get you a chick!
  8. Weirdness555

    Weirdness555 Chirping

    May 30, 2013
    It might upset your kids, but I'd want to crack it open to see what's going on inside - it is likely that there's no yolk in it. However if there is, that would be really interesting.
  9. beakmaster

    beakmaster Chirping

    Jan 3, 2013
    Panama City, Florida
    I was tempted to bust it open but I lose nothing to try. The other eleven still have a decent chance.
  10. sphanges

    sphanges In the Brooder

    Feb 16, 2013
    I get them all the time from my young females just starting to lay. I never incubate them as even if they were fertile (which I doubt they would be) the chick wouldn't survive incubation. I often get tiny eggs in a dark mushroomy/button quail colour which start getting bigger and lighter as the bird gets better at laying. Some of these tiny eggs have no yolk, some are nothing BUT yolk, and invariably they will float in water even when fresh so I don't bother eating them. Also get a fair few double yolkers, white eggs, softshelled eggs and odd coloured eggs from my girls just beginning to lay, and all of them will settle down and lay normally. I raise between 10 and 30 young girls per month so have seen all sorts of interesting things.

    You definitely can't get a button quail from a coturnix egg :) That's like finding a tiny chicken egg and hoping to hatch a pigeon.

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