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turning after day 14

Discussion in 'Quail' started by NTD, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. NTD

    NTD New Egg

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    I have a setup of coturnix with 1 male and 5 females. I get 5 eggs a day and have been setting them daily. With all those eggs in the incubator I can't keep track of when day 14 is for which eggs. Also I'm not doing anything to lower the humidity for the last days because the bator is full of other eggs that aren't ready to be dropped in RH yet. Does it hurt the older eggs to be turned after 14 days? What about not having the drop in humidity? If so how do you guys get around that? Do you just set a full group at once in an incubator and not set anymore eggs in that one? I'd think you'd have to have a handful of incubators to do that? I'm confused. Thanks for any input.
     
  2. chickgrowerdan

    chickgrowerdan Out Of The Brooder

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    The reason for stopping turning the eggs in the last 3 or 4 days is so the chick can position itself to break free from the egg. It is important to stop turning. As for the humidity you should be raising it near the end not lowering it.
    I would recommend holding eggs for 2-3 days and setting bigger batches at one time. I keep my staggered settings separate by using the lid parts from paper egg cartons, which is convenient for hand turning also. More experienced birders can shed much brighter light on this subject than I, but I hope this helps. [​IMG]
     
  3. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I separate different hatches into little baskets in the incubator.
     
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    #1 Mark Your Set Dates On The Eggs Themselves With A Sharpie Pen So You Can Keep Track More Easily
    #2 They Will Hatch Despite Turning(may Not Get As Good A Hatch, But They Will Hatch-- Resilient Lil Buggerz They Are [​IMG] )
    #3 You Increase Humidity The Last 3 Days, Not Lower It
     
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Oops.... #4 Start Storing Up Batches Of Eggs And You Will Have Less Staggering And Stats To Keep Track Of, They Store Well For About A Week And Actually Incubate Better If Stored For 3 Days Minimum
     
  6. NTD

    NTD New Egg

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. And oops on the lowering humidity last few days...which I haven't done [​IMG]

    I have thought about holding eggs and setting a group at once but I have no place to store the eggs. Everything I've read says 55F storage. I live in Tucson, AZ...there is never a place in my house that is 55F. Can they be stored at mid 70 degree room temps for 3-4 days?
     
  7. NTD

    NTD New Egg

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    Ttt.....
     
  8. chickgrowerdan

    chickgrowerdan Out Of The Brooder

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    I keep mine at room temp with no noticeable complications.
     
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:THAT'LL DO FINE FOR UP TO 10 DAYS, AFTER THAT HATCHABILITY TAKES A SHARP NOSE DIVE
     

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