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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:39 pm 
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Hatchling
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Hi all, in need of a bit of advise, we have done our first lot of quail, they were put in the incubator 18 days ago now, they dont seem to be moving and no sign of trying to get out, should i assume these are dead? posting.php?mode=post&f=7#


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 Post subject: Re: First attempt
PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:54 pm 
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Welcome to BYP.

Day 1 is 24 hours after the whole egg has reached incubation temperature.

So day 18 is really 19 days after you put them in the incubator... plus the time for the core of the egg to heat up... for quail eggs, if the incubator was preheated, then only a few hours in a good incubator.

Unless the eggs pong, leave them another couple of days.

Whilst you're waiting...

- what incubator are you using?
- what temperature?
- what humidity?
- have you been opening the incubator at any time during the incubation period?
- have you been turning the eggs several times daily? or do you have an auto-turner doing that?
- are the eggs from your own birds? or from elsewhere
- if from elsewhere, where they posted to you? or did you pick them up in person?
- are you sure that they're fertile?
- what makes you say that there's no sign of movement? have you candled them?

I have no success candling quail eggs as the multi-coloured, dark eggs just don't allow enough light through using the torch I have.


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 Post subject: Re: First attempt
PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:40 am 
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Hatchling
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Cheers, more iv read more I can see the variations. The incubator is a basic from amazon, we stacked the eggs, manually turned! They were posted! So loads could effect it! After writing this one was cheeping, but unfortunately it pecked to the ground of the incubator and suffocated! :'( only one from 17 has hatched 5.30 tonight! It keeps getting stuck on its back tho so not sure how it will go! Fingers crossed!


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 Post subject: Re: First attempt
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:02 pm 
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Prime Pekin
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Couple of things with this -
- You said you "stacked" the eggs ? they should be laid out flat on the tray for more even heat throughout .
- Did you stop turning the eggs at day 16 ? By stop turning it allows the chick to work out the best way out ( and not pip onto the floor if you like )
- the chick that keeps falling ono its back is the sign of a couple of things . Poor nutrician of parents ( vit B in particular ) and/or some issues with temps .


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