I have had 19 Japanese quail eggs in the incubator. Japanese quail eggs should take about 17 days to hatch out. Click here for incubator information for Japanese Quail.
Monday night was day 17 and when I went to bed I could see that a few of the quail eggs had begun to pip. By Tuesday morning (6.30am) one of the quail looked like it had just hatched out. By mid morning there were about 4 and then by teatime I have 9 quail.
I am leaving them in the incubator until Wednesday morning so that they are all dried out and that any of the other eggs have a chance to hatch out.
It is fine to leave the quail in the incubator for the first 24 hours as they absorb a yolk sac just before hatching which gives them food for the first 24 hours.
The quail will then be moved to a brooder with a heat lamp, chick crumbs, warm water in a drinker with marbles to stop them from drowning and straw on the floor both to keep them warm and to prevent splayed legs.
Once they are out of the incubator I will get a photograph of the Japanese quail chicks, so watch this space.