Signs That Incubated Quail Eggs Will Hatch

I have been asked how to tell if incubated quail egg will hatch.

Deana is looking for signs that her incubated quail eggs will hatch.

Hello, I was looking at your website and didnt find the answer to my question. I’m currently trying to hatch out 48 quail eggs its the 21st day of incubation and my question is how can you tell if they are hatching? I’ve been seeing little light spots in the egg shell that I havnt noticed before almost like they were trying to pick off the inside of the shell (that started on the 20th day) but since then its just stopped. Am I going insane waiting for them to hatch? Or did they try to hatch and die? Thank you! Deana

Things to look out for are:

* Look out for signs of pipping where the chick has broke through the shell with their beak.
* Cracks in the shell.
* Also hold the egg up to your ear and listen for cheeps.
* Look for movement of the eggs.

If you can’t candle the eggs and quail eggs are hard to candel then leave the eggs in the incbator for up to 7-10 days after the hatching date to see if they hatch late.
If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

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Quail Flying

Quail keepers sometimes find that their quail will fly upwards and injure themselves or can fly out of a pen if the pen doesn’t have adequate roofing or even escape via the door of a hut.

Quail will demonstrate a vertical flight movement. This vertical flight can occur when quail are:

  • frightened or
  • startled by a noise, predator, human or intense light.

The quail demonstrate an upward flight movement which can injure or sometimes lead to death of the birds as they can hit their heads on the roof of the hut.

My problem is that i have been losing a couple of quails recently from them jumping out of the cage and flying free. I wanted to know is it worth clipping their wings? can you even clip quails wings? and if you can clip them, do i do both wings or just one so they lose balance when trying to take off?

You can use netting over the top of a run or in the roof of a hut to stop the quail escaping or inhuring their heads if they do fly upwards. You can get this from various places. Look under pen netting for partridges as this a cheap way of buying it.

If you clip the wings it is advisable to only do one wing however you need to consider that quail can do panic flights and if unbalanced may damage themselves.

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

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Incubating Blue Scaled Quail Eggs

Blue scale quail eggs have light or dark brown spots on them.

Incubating Blue Scaled Quail Eggs
Incubation period = 22-23 days
Temperature = approximately 99.75 degrees F
Humidity = Humidity: 82 to 84 degrees F wet bulb.

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

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Incubating Calfornia Valley Quail Eggs

California Valley Quail are also known as Valley Quail and they are the state bird of California.

Incubating California Valley Quail Eggs
Incubation period = 22-23 days
Temperature = approximately 99.75 degrees F
Humidity = 84 to 86 degrees F wet bulb

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

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Incubating Gambel’s Quail Eggs

Gambel’s Quail are are found in arid areas of the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. The Gambel quail egg is a pale buff to white colour with moderate pink/brown spots.

Incubating Gambel’s Quail Eggs
Incubation period = 21-23 days
Temperature = approximately 99.75 degrees F
Humidity = wet bulb of 83 F

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

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Mycoplasma In Quail

I suspect that my quail have mycoplasma which is like congunctivitis. It is an infection of the air passages and signs of the infection are:

  • swollen facial sinuses.

Other signs may include:

  • sneezing,
  • eye discharges,
  • breathing through a partly opened beak,
  • reduced growth,
  • reduction in appetite,
  • joints may also be affected and birds may become lame and
  • in laying birds there may be reduced egg production.

An anti-biotic treatment can be given in the water. Consultation with a vet is advised.

Mycoplasma can affect chickens, turkeys, and game birds including pheasants, chukar partridges and peafowl as well as  bobwhite quail and Japanese quail.
If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

Check out the following books about keeping and raising quail.


How To Tell Difference Between Male & Female Chinese Painted Quail

There are a number of ways to tell the difference between a male and female chinese painted quail.

  • The chinese painted male quail have a white bib under their chin which the females don’t have.
  • The females are slightly larger than the males with a plumper body.
  • Mannerisms, the male tend to walk taller than the females.

This is a question I am often asked. If you have any tips on how to identify and distinguish male and female chinese painted quail then please leave a comment.

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

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Quail Egg Fertility Rate October 2009

When breeding quail and incubating their eggs it is important to keep a record of fertility and to calculate the percentage fertility because this will help in evaluating incubation  and breeding efficiency. I have recently incubated some quail eggs from quail that were hatched themselves in 2007, so two years on it is important to check their fertility. You can calculate fertility in the following way;

% fertility = number of fertile eggs/number of total eggs produced or set.

23 fertile quail eggs divided by 31 quail eggs in the incubator = 0.7419354 X 100 = 74% fertility.

This is a good  fertility rate for this time of the year as the male quail’s fertility is effected by cold temperatures, thus breeding quail in October when the weather is colder can effect the fertility rate of the eggs.

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

Check out the following books about keeping and raising quail.


Quail Egg Hatch Rate October 2009

When breeding quail and incubating their eggs it is important to keep a record of the percentage of total eggs hatched because this will help in evaluating incubation and hatch efficiency. I have recently hatched some quail chicks and wanted to share the hatch rate with you. You can calculate hatch rate in the following way;

% hatch rate = number of eggs hatched out/number of eggs set in the incubator.

This October I placed 31 eggs in the incubator and 20 hatched out. So 20 divided by 31 equals 0.6451612 times by 100 equals 64.5% hatch rate.