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when to stop turning

Discussion in 'Quail' started by sinclairmic, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. sinclairmic

    sinclairmic Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. I put chinese painted eggs in the incubator on the 10th in the afternoon. Tomorrow will be 14 days including not counting the 10th as a day. Should I not turn them as of tomorrow or turn on the 14th and stop afterwards?

    Thanks
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I remember rightly painted quail hatch in 18 days. Lockdown should begin 2 to 3 days before hatch day. I would turn them until and including the 15th day and then lockdown the morning of the 16th day; the 26th.
     
  3. GPBII

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    I would continue to turn them tomorrow. I've had eggs hatch on the automatic turner before! (by accident, not intentionally!)
     
  4. Em Ty

    Em Ty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I turn coturnix eggs until the end of day 14 (14 - 24 hour periods) and then stop, so they don't get turned on day 15. They start hatching halfway through day 16, so that gives them 1-1/2 days of no turning at a minimum.

    I just worry that they'll hatch early and not have time to position themselves, but I hatched upright, so it probably doesn't matter.
     
  5. sinclairmic

    sinclairmic Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for all the replies, are chinese painted quail the same as button quail?
     
  6. GPBII

    GPBII Out Of The Brooder

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    The Chinese Painted Quail (Excalfactoria Chinensis) is also known as the Button Quail.
     
  7. Em Ty

    Em Ty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Button quail can hatch at 16 days, sometimes earlier.
     
  8. sinclairmic

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    The humidity has increased to 60% from 45%. I am going to leave the eggs now and not open the incubator again.hopefully I will have chicks in a couple of days :)
     
  9. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So exciting! Button chicks are so cute. Fingers crossed!
    I have a button hen in my room, whom I think might have just become broody! At least she spent the night on her 7 eggs, which she has never done before. She wasn't on the nest when I left this morning, but I hope she just left it to eat. She is naturally incubated herself and almost 6 months old.
     
  10. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And sometimes later. When my hens brooded naturally it took 18 days. I also know that in incubators it can be sooner or later than the 18 days depending on the temperature of the incubator. A degree one way or the other can cause hatch times to vary.
     

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