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.

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Check out the following books about keeping and raising quail.

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Incubating Mountain Quail Eggs

The Mountain Quail is one of the largest birds of the quail family. The eggs are a plain light beige colour, without any spots or patches.

Incubating Mountain Quail Eggs
Incubation period = 24-28 days – I have read that the eggs can hatch over three days.
Temperature = approximately 99.75 degrees F or 37.5ºC.
Humidity = Wet Bulb of 82 to 84 degrees F or a lowish humidity of about 50%.

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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

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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

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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.

How Long Does It Take Quail Eggs To Hatch

I am often asked how long it takes quail eggs to hatch.

The incubation period for bobwhite quail eggs is 23-24 days. Here is a link to information on incubating bobwhite quail eggs http://www.farmingfriends.com/incubating-bobwhite-quail-eggs/
The incubation period for Coturnix (Japanese) quail eggs is 17 days. Here is a link for information about incubating japanese quail eggs. http://www.farmingfriends.com/incubating-coturnix-japanese-quail/

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Candling Quail Eggs

It is difficult to candle quail eggs because of the dark markings on the shell.

Hi Sara,

This is my first time trying to hatch eggs. It seems to be going good but I can not candle the speckled eggs. It is almost hatch time and it seems the eggs weigh more. Can you tell by weight if the eggs have grown embryos in them? It is only 3 days from hatch day. Thanks

Denver

Hi Denver,
I don’t usually candle my eggs and didn’t candle the quail which are hard to do anyway. I have done a bit of research after receiving your comment and have found that Katie Thear who has written Keeping Quail doesn’t bother candling quail eggs as they are difficult to candle and have a short incubation period so that it is hardly worthwhile candling the eggs. Michael Roberts author of Quail, Past & Present says that alot of commercial quail farmers don’t bother to candle the eggs. Michael’s book also states that if candling it is important to be careful not to overheat the egg.
You also mention the weight of your eggs feel heavier. I noticed when I hatched duck eggs and guinea fowl eggs that the eggs which are heavier generally have a chick inside. This is a comparison of weight between the eggs.
I have also read that an egg usually has a weight loss during incubation so if you weigh your eggs at the start of incubation and then throughout and the eggs are losing weight this is often a sign that the air sac is increasing as the chick develops. This is a comparison of a particular eggs weight.
I hope that your chicks have successfully hatched out by now and are doing well.
Let me know how you are getting on.
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends

If you have any tips on candling quail eggs then please leave a comment.

Incubating Quail Eggs Without An Incubator

I was sent a comment asking about how to incubate quail eggs without an incubator.

There are a number of options:

  • Get the quail hens to hatch to sit and hatch the eggs.
  • Use a broody hen to hatch the egg.
  • Build your own incubator using recycled material.

“hi I would like to hatch my 16 japenese quail eggs from 3 of my 11 month hen quail and my 2 year old cock bird without an incubator any ideas and by the way you gotta cool site” Junior

Hi Junior,
Thanks for your complimentary comment and my site it is appreciated when I get feedback. You could try getting your three quail hens to sit on them. They can probably sit on 5 or 6 eggs. If you keep the eggs in the hut with them it encourages them to sit. If that is not an option then finding someone with a broody hen, perhaps a silkie hen or a bantam who can sit on the eggs and would make a good mother. You could also make your own incubator using a cardboard box, wood or a polystyrene box and a heat lamp and making your own wet bulb for the humidity. Check out these links:
http://www.cyberquail.com/incubators.html
http://www.cornsnakefanclub.co.uk/incubator.html
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/eggs/res20-incubator.html       

Hope this information is useful. Let me know how you get on.
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends

If anyone has any handy hints and tips for hatching quail eggs without an incubator then please leave a comment.