We always had better hatches that
hatch on time when the temperature was at 100 degrees.
We have hatched quail eggs at
98 degrees and as high as 102 degrees in forced air
incubators. When temperatures were at 98
degrees, eggs hatched a day or two late. When at 102
degrees, eggs hatched early and some chicks were deformed.
When (hatching quail
eggs), keep the temperature at 100 degrees (or as close as
possible), and we believe you will be satisfied with all your
Coturnix eggs takes 16 to 18 days to hatch. all else same as bobwhite.
Place the eggs in incubator with the small end pointing down.Turn
off auto turner for first 3 days if the incubator has one. Egg
trays must turn at least 30 degrees each way, with a total of 60
degrees total movement. This prevents the embryos from sticking
to the shell.
remove eggs from incubator
This incubator and hatcher combination was custom built for
Florida International University
Department of Psychology
Eggs should be removed from the incubator 3
days before hatching and placed in a hatcher. Do not over crowd
eggs in the hatcher
need room to push out
placed too close together, some will be partially out and die in the
Quail Eggs To Hatch
It depends on the specie. Bobwhite Quail eggs usually takes 23-24 days
to hatch, depending on proper temperature and humidity. Some will hatch
as early as 22 days, and as late as 25 days.Pharaoh quail eggs takes 17
days When taking out quail
chicks, if there were too many eggs that failed to hatch, put
them back into the hatcher and wait another day , just in case
you're temperature and humidity was slightly off .
After eggs have been placed into the incubator, turn off the auto
turner if it has one for the first three days. This time will allow the
embryo to set. After that the eggs must be turned at least twice a day or more to keep the embryo moving
around in the shell.
Although humidity, temperature & egg turning are key factors to a
succesful hatch, do not expect all
eggs to hatch. Fertile Eggs
is the most important of all. Most quail farms run 3 hens to 1 cock.
However, with less hens per cock more eggs will hatch. One hen
per one cock is the best.
We have found it is best to keep quail breeders in small groups
in cages off the ground, regardless of how
many hens per cock you run. Eggs will be cleaner and lots easier to
gather. Checking quail eggs for dents and cracks
will help get better hatches. Quaileggs
with cracks and dents wont hatch. Boil and eat these.
All Quail chicks needs a place that can be heated. A
thermostat is the best way to control heat.
There are other ways to do this. Raise or lower a heat lamp to obtain
correct temperature. Heating elements are used in box brooders. A
simple red 100 watt bulb with a thermostat will work fine. First, try
to keep the temperature at 100 degrees in an area big enough for all
the chicks. Then, start to
lower about 3 to 5 degrees each week . Check several times the first day.
If they are too cold, they will bunch up on top of one another, and
some will smother. It helps to sprinkle high protein feed all
around the feeders and always keep plenty of water available.
After 3 to 4 days chicks will know where the feeders are.
Sometimes quail chicks will start pecking, and by the time you notice
this, it can be too late. Their feet and nostrils are good indicators
of this . We believe it is always best to lightly debeak at 3 to 4
days, regardless of any signs.
Cuting off about 1/3 of the top beak from the tip to the
nostril. I know this seams crual but it doesn't harm
the chicks. You will loose less chicks by debeaking.
Baby quails are small birds and doesn't
require a lot of space at first.
space 2 ft. by 3 ft. will hold about 100
quail chicks for about 10 days. After that, they need more
After about 6 to 8 weeks, we move chicks to flight pens to produce flight conditioned
birds, or grow them in
cages to produce meat birds.
For meat birds, you can debeak and crowd
about 3 TO 4 birds per sq. ft.
Bobwhite quail need at least 3
to 31/2 sq. ft. per bird in flight pens.
reasons for unsuccessful hatches:
We believe that bobwhite quails need a well-balanced
feed to ensure proper nutrition. Healthy feed makes healthy birds. Healthy birds lay healthy eggs. And healthy eggs make healthy chicks, which makes stronger flight birds
in the end.
need clean drinking water at all times. Wash and refill water
containers daily. Cleanliness is very
believe disturbance is the main reason for poor hatcher
breeders are disturbed constantly, the breeding stage will be
affected. This causes infertile eggs, which is the main reason for poor hatches. Quail breeders need to be
kept in an isolated area away from all dogs, cats, and wild animals.
Bobwhite quail are wild birds and dont breed as well in cages as in the
wild. Gathering the eggs,
feeding, and watering should be the only times that these birds are
disturbed. With auto feeders and waterers only gathering the eggs is
necessary. This will help
during the breeding stage. Bobwhite quail will lay eggs regardless if
there are cocks around, but disturbance keeps them from
We have learned that with less disurbance you will get more fertile
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