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Tips on Quail Eggs and things I have learnt

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  • Started 9 years ago by admin


  1. Smiffy

    I wrote recently about my Quail disaster and i would like to write to you and all your readers about my most recent accomplishment. The first time we tried to hatch Quail we didn’t realize how precise things had to be, we had some left over Quail eggs that were in our aviary and we thought we would put them in and see what happened. 4 hatched and 4 died.
    This made us very confused about what had happened, I decided to do lots of research before we decided to do it again. My research showed me that after the eggs have hatched the lose 2% nutrition A DAY! so if you leave them for quite a while and then put them in an incubator, The odd are they will hatch very weak or have problems with their toes and/or feet. (Like my first batch did) I learnt that you had to leave the eggs to get to room temperature before you put them in, and facing point down. I learnt you had to turn them 3 or more times a day and lots more. They are fascinating creatures and like things to be perfect.

    If your not going to put the effort in then don’t try and hatch them!

    My recent accomplishment was when i bought 12 Chinese painted quail eggs and 12 Japanese Quail eggs and tried to hatch them together, Remarkably they both started to hatch at 17 days together! I am now left with 7. 3 big ones (Japanese) and 4 small ones (Chinese) The hatch rate wasn’t good but then i did buy them off eBay! We checked the other eggs that were left by doing ‘The floating challenge’ - You put the eggs in hot-warm water and if they wriggle, then you got a live one, & If they sink, its Adulled. most of them were adulled apart from one small one and one big one, They were fully formed but both dead in their shell. Anyone know why this would be? Maybe a change in temperature from taking the other quails out of the incubator?

    Apart from that, they seem fine, chirping and pecking and remarkably the little ones get on with the big ones! The only trouble is, the small ones think the big ones are their mum

    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Hi Smiffy,
    Thanks so much for posting your tips on incubating. Incubating is a very difficult thing to achieve the right conditions, I have been lucky with incubating quail eggs but have found incubating guinea fowl more difficult.
    Congratulations on your hatch of quail. I think quail are lovely quiet yet friendly little birds with a lovely call and beautiful eggs with a creamy yolk.

    I have found the information about the nutrition interesting and I have read that if quail have curled feet it is a lack of minerals (I think manganese) in the diet of the adult quail.

    You asked why you get fully formed chicks in the shell and end up dead in their shell.

    Eggs in an incubator can sometimes have fully formed chicks inside which do not hatch out. Possible reasons for this may include;
    Improper storage of eggs whereby the eggs become too cold.
    Eggs not turned correctly.
    Temperature incorrect - too low or too high.
    Humidity incorrect - too low throughout incubation.
    Improper ventilation.
    Infection or disease.
    Poor diet or poorly conditioned breeding stock.
    Here are some handy tips to help achieve successful hatching;

    If keeping eggs prior to incubation then store in the correct conditions.
    Turn eggs regularly prior to and during incubation (turn eggs at least 3-4 times a day and remember no egg turning in the final three days of incubation).
    Make sure eggs are stored and placed in the incubator with the small end facing down.
    Regularly check the temperature in the incubator.
    Try to maintain the correct temperature in the incubator at all times.
    Regularly check the humidity in the incubator.
    Try to maintain the correct humidity levels in the incubator at all time.
    Note that the required temperature and humidity levels are not the same throughout the whole of the incubation period.
    A wet bulb thermometer maybe a good purchase to help accurately measure the humidity and temperature levels in the incubator.
    Check that the incubator is working correctly and has a constant temperature throughout the whole of the incubator.
    Make sure that there is ventilation in the incubator and incubation room, but avoiding drafts.
    Check breeding stock are healthy and free of infection and disease.
    Feed poultry on a healthy and balanced diet - commercial pellets usually provide the poultry with their dietary requirements and grass/green vegetables provide added vitamins and minerals.
    Ensure that the incubator is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to use.

    I hope that you find this information useful. It sounds like you are really doing your research before you incubate.

    Do you keep your quail in an aviary or a hut?

    What do chinese painted quail look like?

    I look forward to hearing more about your quail.

    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 9 years ago #

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