will this work for hatching the quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jimmythechicken, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2010
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    i am at my lock down day an heard the do better if you put them in little cups so they can stand up will this set up work the blue ones are water as you know lg dont hold much water [​IMG]
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    we never candled them to many eggs but they did fell like they had good weight on most of them when we moved them so we have our fingures crossed how big of a brooder should we need to set up for 50 bob whites i am used to chickens but they are alot bigger my brooder i have for my chicks is 26in x 18 in will that be big enough for like 40 bob whites
     
  2. TCollier

    TCollier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would worry about one of the babies drowning in one of the cups of water. I had one drown in the waterer and the opening was much smaller than one of those cups plus shallower.
     
  3. ssbs

    ssbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with TCollier.. You wouldn't think that the newly hatched chicks would be able to hop out and into another cup.. But they will. In the wild a newly hatched chick would have to be ready to run. Just like a newborn deer, they are practically born on their feet
     
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That set-up looks kind of scary to me, actually, sorry! It's so hard to know all the variables when hatching, and I still get it wrong and end up with injured and dead birds because of something I didn't foresee (like a baby getting caught in the stand for the thermometer and being trapped there until it was so badly injured it had to be culled).

    I can see the babies getting stuck in the cups as they're trying to get out, or after they get out... I can see them turning the cups over and creating havoc in there... or getting into the water cups and drowning... or getting trapped between cups and having to be rescued...

    I have found that the key to safe hatching is simplicity. I use some trays for holding the eggs upright, but if I didn't have the right sized trays I would prefer to just lay them on their sides in there. I don't use cups or dishes of water at all, except the trays under the wire--too much opportunity for drowning. I just use wet rags arranged inside the incubator--the babies can get wet on them, but they can't drown in a rag. And I take all excess furniture out of the incubator--I don't even leave a thermometer in there any longer, because I now have a probe thermometer I can stick through a vent hole.

    Sorry to rain on your parade. [​IMG] Your set-up definitely looks innovative, and I know you must have put some time and thought into it. We've done similar things and realized it was not such a god idea after all. I hope my input helps some.

    By the way, why are all your eggs so WHITE? Mine are almost never white--but I have coturnix--maybe yours are some other species?

    Whatever you end up doing, good luck! I am sending happy hatching vibes!
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2010
  5. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2010
    mansfield
    thanks everyone an dont worry about hurting my feelings i just want them to hatch an be safe so thanks soooooooooo much here are so new pics we fixed it up.they are bob white
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    does this look better? i hope we get a couple to hatch we have never used a bator before it is alot easyier to have our broody hen hatch them.lol
     
  6. BlueBirdChick

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    yeah it looks like a pretty cool set up [​IMG] [​IMG] aww baby bobwhites sorry Will be saying a prayer for those babies
     
  7. TCollier

    TCollier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That should do the trick! Good Luck!!
     
  8. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great! Good job!! And good luck--I get nervous every single time. Hoping for a great hatch for you!
     
  9. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Bobwhites have all white eggs... [​IMG]
     
  10. lagpmgdsls

    lagpmgdsls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    why is the water blue? Just curious!
     

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