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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Quail Hatching Statistics

42 coturnix japanese quail eggs have been in the incubator for 17 days.
19 quail chicks hatched out unaided.
6 quail chicks hatched out with assistance.
2 eggs had partially formed chicks inside.
15 eggs were not fertile.
Currently only 2 of the quail chicks have died.

Quail Egg Hatch Rate – 25 quail eggs hatched out divided by 42 quail eggs in the incubator = 59% hatch rate.

Quail Hatchability – 25 quail eggs hatched out divided by 27 fertile quail eggs = 93% hatchability. This is a great hatchability rate for the first time we have incubated quail eggs.

Quail Egg Fertility – 27 fertile quail eggs divided by 42 quail eggs in the incubator = 64% fertility. This is a reasonable fertility rate for this time of the year as the male quail‘s fertility is effected by cold temperatures, thus breeding quail in November when the weather is colder can effect the fertility rate of the eggs. 15 quail eggs were infertile and this makes an infertility rate of 36%.

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