Quail Chicks Hatching

I have found that a clutch of quail eggs usually hatch about the same time if the conditions are correct.

Hi Sara, I’m hatching quail and one hatched yesterday about 6 o’clock but I got up this morning and no more have hatched yet. Is this normal? The one chick is still sitting lonely in the incubator, should I leave him till the others hatch (if they do) or move him across to the brooder? Also should this be 12 hours before any others that may hatch? Geoff

Hi Geoff,

It is my understanding that quail have a tendency to all hatch at a similar time although I think that my recent hatch saw the first quail start to hatch at 7pm and then the last quail hatch the following morning. apparanently quail call to one another in their shells so as to synchronise their hatch.

I leave my quail in the incubator for 24 hours so they can dry out. they can last 24 hours without food and drink as they are still absorbing the yolk sac. I then move them to a brooder. Sometimes you need to move the first hatchlings out of the incubator whilst the rest of the eggs haven’t hatched out.

I hope that the rest of your eggs hatched ok and that your first quail chick is doing well.

I have a free forum with a section on quail where people can go to chat and ask questions. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=3

Kind regards

Sara @ farmingfriends

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2 thoughts on “Quail Chicks Hatching

  1. Hi Leisa,
    Welcome to the farmingfriends website. It’s great to hear that you have visited before and have now commented.
    Here is a link to all the information about incubator data for coturnix japanese quail. http://farmingfriends.com/incubating-coturnix-japanese-quail/
    The final day of egg rotation for Coturnix (Japanese) quail eggs is day 15. My incubator turns the eggs every four hours so I would say that yours is set for too much turning.
    I am sorry to hear about the cat taking your quail. I have recently lost 4 guinea fowl to a fox so my poultry are currently being kept in whilst the fox goes else where for food!
    I am interested to hear that your quail roam free during the day. How did you manage to get them not to go away.
    I have a free forum with a section on quail that is quite popular and has different members contributing, chatting about their quail and asking for advice. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=3
    Good luck with the quail hatching. Let us know how you get on.
    kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

  2. Hi Sara – I am new to this website – although I have visited it before I have just joined today – I have a brinsea auto advance – new today also. I was wondering if you or any other fantastic quail lover out there could tell me roughly how long I should programme the incubator to turn the eggs. Currently it is on turn every 1 1/2 hours. My question is is this enough or too much?
    I have had some quail hatch naturally but a recent member of the neighbourhood – a nasty big cat has eaten/taken 6 of my beloved quail including a hen who was just waiting for all her 13 fertile eggs to hatch! So I lost them all. I have 3 left so want to hatch out some more but safely. My quail roam free during the day and I put them safely to bed at night.
    Any tips please would be greatly received.
    With thanks
    Leisa

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