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.
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Ways To Hatch Guinea Fowl Eggs

There are 3 ways to hatch guinea fowl eggs:

1) In an incubator.
2) Under a guinea fowl hen.
3) With a broody bantam hen.

I was reminded of this the other day when I had an email from anne saying that she was going to try all three methods.

Here are some things to consider.

With the eggs in the incubator watch the humidity levels as the egg shells are so hard that it makes it difficult for the guinea fowl to break through.

With the nesting guinea hen it’s making sure she sits in a place safe from predators and is not disturbed as guinea fowl can abandon nests.

With a broody bantam I know that this method produces good results as some friends have had guinea fowl eggs from me and their bantams and silkies have sat on the eggs, hatched them and raised the guinea fowl being excellent mothers to the keets. Once the hen has gone broody you can slip the guinea fowl eggs into her nest for her to sit on and hatch.

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Customer’s Duck Eggs Hatch Out For School Nursery

I was delighted to hear from one of my customers, Heather, who bought six duck eggs for hatching back at the beginning of June.

“Just letting you know that 3 of the 6 eggs hatched on Tuesday 30th June. They are gorgeous. All the school children are thrilled to bits with them, all the classes have visited them. I will try to send a photo soon.

I opened the other three eggs today and one hadn’t been fertilised, one must have died before it had time to hatch as it was perfectly formed and the other must have died a bit earlier.
Thank you”
Heather

Heather's 3 khaki campbell ducklings in brooder

Heather's 3 khaki campbell ducklings in brooder

Heather's 3 khaki campbell ducklings in brooder

Heather's 3 khaki campbell ducklings in brooder

Heather's 3 khaki campbell ducklings in brooder

Heather's 3 khaki campbell ducklings in brooder

Heather's 3 khaki campbell ducklings in brooder

Heather's 3 khaki campbell ducklings in brooder

I was thrilled when Heather sent me photos of the ducklings. It is a great feeling to know that other’s are getting so much enjoyment from the duck eggs that my khaki campbell ducks have laid.

If you are interested in keeping ducks then visit the farmingfriends duck forum for the latest chat about ducks and then check out the khaki campbell duck eggs for hatching sales page.

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Broody Hen Bullied Off Nest But Chicks Still Hatched

I received an email about a broody hen that was bullied off her nest of eggs for about 5 hours. I sent a reply and corresponded with Kate and was delighted to hear that the hen managed to get back on the nest and the eggs hatched out. Here is our email correspondence tracking the events.

Not sure if you can help – my broody was bullied off her eggs by another hen she could have been off them for a maximum of 5 hours but hopefully far less – it was after about 10 days – do you think all are lost or do we still have a chance – she is a great mother otherwise! Kate

Hi Kate,

Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your question. I don’t
have much experience of broody hens. I am sorry to hear that your hen
was bullied off her nest. 5 hours doesn’t sound too long and as the
eggs will be warm it would take a while for the temperature to drop.
Hens do get off the nest when sitting so they can feed and drink
although it wouldn’t be for 5 hours.
If your hen is back sitting on her eggs but gets off to feed and drink
then I would be inclined to have a go at candling the eggs to see if
there is embryo and chick development in the eggs. Here is some info
about candling eggs. http://farmingfriends.com/candling-eggs/

I will add your question to the farmingfriends forum
http://farmingfriends.com/forums/ and see if anyone gives a reply that
know about broody hens.

I hope the eggs are ok. Let me know how they get on.

Kind regards

Sara @ farmingfriends

Dear Sara

Very many thanks for your kind reply.  She is otherwise a very good hen
and indeed tends to come off every other day – she tells me when she is
ready…I have to keep her penned in as it were to stop the bullies!

I have never done candling but may have a go!

Thanks for your advice.

Very best wishes

Kate

Dear Sara – 6 out of 7 have hatched!!  Very sweet as you can imagine-
they have yet to eat or drink but shall encourage them later this
morning – they all came late last night…

Hooray!

Kate

Hi Kate,

Am delighted to hear this. The chicks can go up to 24 hours without
food and water as they have absorbed the yolk sac but obviously the
sooner you train them to go for the feed and water the better.

May I post your story on my website – I will only mention your first
name. I think me readers would be intersted to hear your success story.

Keep me informed as to the progress of the chicks and hope your hen
enjoys being mother hen!

Kind regards

Sara @ farmingfriends

Sara of course you can – she survived to visits by the fox that
took/killed 8 of my hens in total.  She was also bullied by some new
arrivals and could have remained off her nest for up to 7 hours maximum
although I suspect it was less than this…I am very proud of her!
Thanks for the info – I won’t panic yet – they have just had a little
bit of chick crumb – will give them a break for a bit now!

Thanks

Kate

It was great to hear from Kate and know that the chicks have hatched and are now eating. If you want advice about your hens then why not join the free farmingfriends hen forum where you can chat about your hens and get advice and tips on looking after your hens.

In fact I posted Kate’s initial email on the forum and was delighted to get a response from one of my regular members who said,

“I have asked my friend who has many hens and she is confident that the eggs will be ok at this time of year if it wasn’t a cold snap. She says that if the chicks hatch, they might also get picked on by the bully so suggested that pehaps she could have her own area for a while? Campbell Ridge

I was delighted to receive this email and photo this morning.

Hi Sara – they are indeed in their own space – do see pic attached!

Kate's hen and chicks

Kate's hen and chicks

They are a joy!

Thanks so much for all your advice and support!  And that of your
friend!

Best wishes

Kate

So join the farmingfriends hen forum today.

Japanese Quail Eggs For Hatching For Sale

Japanese Quail Eggs For Hatching For Sale

12 Japanese / Coturnix Quail eggs suitable for hatching in an incubator or under a broody hen. Only £3 plus £4 postage and packaging.

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Eggs will be collected and posted within 3 days of receipt of order. (Please note that quail eggs can be stored for up to 7 days.) The eggs will be fresh and no more than 2-4 days old.

12 Quail Eggs

12 Quail Eggs

The eggs will be sent first class within the UK in a polystyrene egg container specially made for sending eggs in the post. Please note that this product can only be sent to residents of the UK and not overseas.

These eggs are for hatching and not for human consumption. Fertility cannot be guaranteed after postage.

I have around 50 mixed Japanese / Coturnix quail in a large barn where the quail are free to roam and fly about.

Female Japanese Quail

Female Japanese Quail

The chicks in the photograph below were hatched out last season.

Day Old Chicks In Box To Go To Brooder

Day Old Chicks In Box To Go To Brooder

It is recommended that you let the eggs stand and settle for 24 hours at room temperature upon receipt before incubation.

12 Japanese Quail  Eggs For Hatching £3 plus £4 postage and packaging.
Please Note That These Hatching Eggs Are Only For Sale In The UK.
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Khaki Campbell Duck Eggs For Hatching For Sale

Khaki Campbell Duck Eggs For Hatching For Sale

6 khaki campbell duck eggs suitable for hatching in an incubator or under a broody hen. Only £3 plus £4 postage and packaging.

Eggs will be collected and posted within 3 days of receipt of order. (Please note that duck eggs can be stored for up to 7 days.) The eggs will be fresh and no more than 2-4 days old.

The eggs will be sent first class within the UK in a polystyrene egg container specially made for sending eggs in the post. Please note that this product can only be sent to residents of the UK and not overseas.

These eggs are for hatching and not for human consumption. Fertility cannot be guaranteed after postage.

Khaki Campbell Ducks And Drake

Khaki Campbell Ducks And Drake

The eggs come from a flock of 6 khaki campbell ducks and 1 drake. The ducks free range during the day and roost in a poultry hut at night.

The 6 khaki campbell ducks and 1 drake (Sir Francis Drake!) are now into their third year and they also free range with 13 other ducks and drakes of various breeds. (2 khaki campbell ducks and 1 khaki campbell drake, 2 trout runner drakes, 1 cayuga drake, 1 mallard drake, 2 buff orpington ducks, 1 white campbell duck – these are all 1 year old and they all make up a group who tend to keep themselves separate from my original 7 khaki campbells, I also rehomed a magpie duck and magpie drake with a double breasted khaki campbell duck at the beginning of February 2011 who also keep themselves as an individual group.

All 20 ducks/drakes are housed in the same barn at night and free range during the day. The eggs are collected daily.

I just wanted to let you all know this incase you are specifically looking for pure bred khaki campbells as there could be the chance of a khaki campbell crossed with a magpie, mallard, trout runner or cayuga!

It is recommended that you let the eggs stand and settle for 24 hours at room temperature upon receipt before incubation.

6 Khaki Campbell Hatching Duck Eggs £3 plus £4 postage and packaging.

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Testimonials

They are here!!!!! We are all so excited…I don’t know how I will manage to let them rest for 24 hours before I put them in the incubator!!!
Thank you very much for your speedy service,and we’ll let you know how we get on.
Carolyn and family

Hello Sara!
Completely forgot to let you know in all our excitement about our ducklings that hatched on Friday….4 little ducklings, successfully broke out. One was already dead in shell….probably stopped at about 20 days, and one just didn’t make it out….late developer…few days behind and just didn’t make  it. Very sad but we are thrilled with the 4 we do have! One question now…is there any pattern at all with the colouring of the ducklings as to whetherthey are boys or girls. I didn’t think there was but one of ours distinctively has a stripe across its eye and is larger….could it be that is a boy and the others are girls? Or am I just hopeful?!!! Will send you a photo later on when the sun is shining into the kitchen so it is warmer for them without their light. Best Easter present ever and its my birthday tomorrow too!! Carolyn xx

Carolyn's Four Khaki Campbell Ducklings

Carolyn's Four Khaki Campbell Ducklings

Attached a pic of the wee fellows outside the other day in their run. They love it out there in the sun. Carolyn and family xx

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Thanks very much. The first lot of eggs I got from you are doing very well, Andy.

(Andy ordered a second set of eggs from me, which is great – thanks Andy!)

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Hi Sara,
Thank you for your swift delivery. Eggs arrived Saturday morning.
Kelly

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Hi Sara

Just wanted to let you know we have successfully hatched 5 of the ducklings, early yesterday morning (27th) in fact, we heard one of them moving about in the incubator at 4.00am and were so fascinated that we watched the others hatch!  Absolutely fascinating and they are all very very cute!!!  We had two left to hatch when my husband and I had to go to work but they had broken through the shell and had a good size hole in so we were hopeful that they would be out when we got back a lunch time.  I was a bit worried about them and when my husband got in, neither had progressed any further.  He lifted one out and checked it but it was cold and had died. The other one he could see was still breathing but obviously couldn’t get out.  So, against all the advice we had read but knowing that if we didn’t do something we were going to lose it, he opened the shell and put it into a margarine pot under the heat lamp.  We are so pleased because it has lived and is now running around (or wobbling around!!!) with the rest of them.  We could tell which one it was (who the children named ‘Lucky’!!) but now it has dried off they all look the same!!  They are all doing well and eating and drinking a lot!!!  I can see how quickly they are going to grow.

Roz's Five Khaki Campbell Ducklings In Brooder

Roz's Five Khaki Campbell Ducklings In Brooder

Many, many thanks for your help. It’s been and still is a wonderful experience, to care for the eggs and then actually see them hatch!!!

Kind regards

Roz

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Horrah! all 6 Kharki cambells eggs hatched and I have 3 of each. What a success and thanks again for your brilliant service.  kind regards Kelly

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” Thanks Sara, That was quick work. I got the eggs this morning.” Heather

Should You Help Ducklings Hatch Out Of Their Shell Once The Shell Has Pipped

I often get asked if you should help ducklings hatch out of their shell and how soon to help if the duckling has pipped it’s shell.

12 days ago we had our first duckling hatch. We are new to incubating and honestly, the duck eggs are our learning tools. This little duckling was a total surprise, we found him in the incubator and had no clue he was hatching.

The next batch of eggs is due to hatch on the 25th, or so we thought. When I went in to turn the eggs just now, one of them had a piece of shell missing, though the membrane was not broken. The chip was on the large end. I could see movement behind the membrane and thought I could hear the faintest of sound of peeping.

Will this little duckling die if the membrane does not break? Do I need to spray the eggs? Is this normal? What happens now? Any advice for a newbie to this?

Thanks in advance to anyone who cares to help/advise me!

Hi Deb,
Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your comment.
I would keep an eye on your duckling that has pipped the shell. If after a couple of hours the duckling hasn’t cut through the membrane then you may decide to break the membrane.
I think that it is important to keep the humidity at the right levels and therefore spraying the eggs with warm water may help.
When hatch is imminent it is important to try not to keep opening the incubator as this will affect the temperature and humidity levels and this could affect the success of the hatch.
Keep a watch out for more eggs pipping and if once pipped, the ducklings are not hatching then you may need to help. I had to help 6 of the 7 khaki campbell ducklings I have and they are now over 20 weeks old and doing very well and all laying eggs of their own!
If you decide to help then you need to work quickly to keep the egg warm. Peel the shell and membrane a little at a time making sure that you don?t make the duckling bleed. I usually try to peel as much of the shell and membrane except for cup shape at the bottom of the shell as this is where the duckling will still be attached.I then put the duckling back into the incubator so that it can wriggle out of the remaining shell in it’s own time. It is important not to leave membrane as this will dry onto the duckling and make it hard for the duckling to get out of the shell.
I hope you find this information useful.
Let me know how your ducklings get on and best of luck.
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends

Sara,
Thank you so much for responding to my post. I visit your web site often, though this was my first time to ask a question or make a comment. You have a lovely farm.

We did end up helping the little duckling that hatched yesterday. The membrane was starting to dry out and looked like paper. It appeared to us that the little thing was weakening. There was less movement and less peeping. We basically opened up the area where the head was and wrapped the shell in wet paper towels to rehydrate the membrane. My husband even gave him a drink with a wet Q-tip.

When we checked on him, in the middle of the night, he had managed to come out of the shell. He appears to be premature. His yolk sack was not quite absorbed. I am sure we panicked and were too quick to intervene. We have raised the humidity level in the incubator (70%) and keep a wet paper towel wrapped loosely around him. He moves frequently and is peeping. I am not sure he will make it as his eyes seem to still be closed. He must be very immature to have been hatched.

The other eggs we started along with this one are also pipping. Four have little X crosses where they are trying to break through the large end of the shell and are rocking slightly. Through the incubator I “think” I can hear peeping. It is taking a lot of self -restraint not to open it every five minutes to check on them!

There is one more egg that has an actual chip with a very small hole in the middle, but it is at the wrong end. Will his hatching be harder?

How long do we wait until we know if they need our help? The others are hatching now, within the same 24 hour time frame of the first, so I am not sure why the one we helped yesterday would be so immature in development. Does a day make that much difference? Or will these also be a little “under-done”? I guess time will tell.

I really appreciate your taking the time to write such a detailed email. The information was very helpful. I will look at your duck forum.
Thanks so much,
Deb

Hi Deb,          
Great to hear from you. I am glad that you like my website, I really enjoy posting about my farm and animals and giving advice and help where I can. I am very priviledged to live on the farm and the animals give me hours of fun!

I am glad to hear that your duckling has survived, it sounds like you cared for the duckling very well. You did have a good success rate with your ducklings hatching. You can work out the percentages of hatchability and fertility.
http://www.farmingfriends.com/calculating-the-percentage-of-hatchability-and-fertility-of-incubated-eggs/

Good luck with the chick hatch.

I look forward to hearing all about your ducklings progress and your chicks hatching.

Kind regards

Sara @ farmingfriends
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Advice About Guinea Fowl Sitting & Hatching Eggs

I am often asked advice about guinea fowl sitting and hatching guinea fowl eggs,

Broody Guinea Fowl Sitting On Nest Of Guinea Fowl Eggs

Broody Guinea Fowl Sitting On Nest Of Guinea Fowl Eggs

“I have a guinea sitting on eggs. How many days does it take to hatch and should i let her set instead of trying to incubate as i don’t know for sure how long she has been on nest.Do they throw babies out of nest at hatching? some one said you have to be there when they hatch. She has 25 eggs. Is this a lot of eggs for one guinea? Thank you for any info as i am new at this. Thelma”

Hi Thelma,

Guinea fowl eggs take 28 days to hatch. In the wild they will usually sit on about 12 eggs per clutch. You may decide, if you can get any of the eggs that you leave half under your guinea hen and put half in the incubator or under a broody hen. I have read that in the wild guinea fowl make great parents. They don’t like to sit on eggs in an aviary or a hut and I know from experience that if I try to put a run over my sitting guinea hen to protect her from predators she normally gets off the eggs. Guinea fowl should sit if they feel secure and hidden away. My advice if you want your guinea hen to continue to sit is to try not to disturb her but make sure that she is well hidden and protected from predators.
A couple of farmingfriends have hatched my guinea fowl eggs under broody hens who looked after the keets very well but I am not sure if the guinea hen throws the keets out of the nest. I imagine that if a guinea hen goes to the trouble of sitting on the eggs until they have hatched then she will look after the keets as well.I have only ever managed to hatch guinea fowl out using an incubator. When my guinea hens start to sit outside and I place a run over them it usually disturbs them and they get off the nest. This has happened 3 times this Summer already.
I hope this information is useful for you. Let me know how you get on.
Sara @ farmingfriends

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What To Do If Poultry Eggs Don’t Hatch On Due Date

If poultry eggs don’t hatch on their due date then I will leave them in the incubator or under the broody hen for up to a week after the hatching date.

hi ive got three eggs in my incubator(rcom) and they were due for monday but one came early then no more have came and its now wednesday should I crack the egg open to see if its alive or should I wait(are fertile)Aaron

Hi Aaron,
I always leave eggs in the incubator for at least a week after the hatching date to see if anymore pip their shells and hatch out, as the eggs can sometimes be late in hatching. So if I was you I wouldn’t crack the egg open just yet. Once an extra week has gone by then I turn off the incubator and crack the eggs to see if they were fertile.
Hope that helps. Let me know how you got on.
Sara @ farmingfriends

What do you do if poultry eggs don’t hatch on the due date?

How To Position Eggs In An Incubator

Positioning eggs in an incubtor depends on the type of incubator and whether or not you are using an automatic egg turner.

Hi i was just wandering how do i position chicken eggs in an incubator do i lie
them down or can you leave them standing up like the point of the egg pointing
up.
Thanks
Shane

Hi Shane,

You can lay the eggs on their side in the incubator and if you mark one side in pencil with a cross and one side with an 0 then when you are turning the eggs you will know which side to turn onto next. it is recommended that you turn the eggs 3 or 5 times a day if you don’t have an automatic egg turner. Some turners are just rollers that roll the eggs over on their side and some are trays that tilt the eggs from side to side. My egg turner is a tray that requires that the eggs be placed with the point facing downwards.

Hope this helps.
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends