Hatching Coturnix Quail

 

These are some of my favorite fowl to hatch and raise! I absolutely love these small little birds. We've had a lot of success hatching Coturnix Quail eggs.


Choose clean eggs (but do not wash them!). Try to handle the eggs as little as possible so that the oils on your skin don't clog the pores on the eggs shells. Wash your hands before and after you touch the eggs to avoid spreading germs and to keep the eggs as clear from oil as possible.


Make sure your incubator is clean from the last time you used it (if you have used it). Heat to 100 degrees about 24 hours before you plan to use it. Set humidity at as close to 70% as possible and keep it there by following the instructions with your incubator. You can get a humidity gauge from a local pet store to go into reptile cages.


Turn the eggs 30 degrees a couple times a day until around three days before your hatch day. Stop turning and adjust the humidity to 80%. No matter how tempted you are don't open the incubator until the chicks have dried out.

 

Aren't they cute?

12 comments:

  1. All great advice here. We hatched duck eggs that were laid by our ducks. It's a long story but a fox got our little flock of 4 ducks but we had their eggs so we went into the duck hatching business. It's hard work and we lost a lot of eggs. We did manage to hatch out 9 little ducks. They were the crested ducks and you are not supposed to mate crested ducks because they are not genetically right. Anyway, we had some ducks that couldn't stand. One died and we have the sister who lays on her side. She's quite happy though and quacks and loves to eat a lot. So anyway, thanks for stopping by my Facebook page. We have a party on Thursday nights. Come by and link up your lovely post about hatching chicks. Best wishes on your blog. Linda at Crafts a la mode. http://www.craftsalamode.com/2015/03/what-to-do-weekends-party-115.html

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    1. Oh no!!!! :( A friend who worked at our local farm store gave me one once who did that. We named her Aaliyah, she ended up passing away but she was so so sweet! Loved her so much. Thank you!

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  2. Do you have to have anything special to raise quail? My hubby and I would like to raise some for our table and also just to keep on the farm.I've raised chickens for years, but with just the two of us quail would be better.

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    1. Hi Sherry. We kept them in a homemade cage (hoping to get a post about it up soon) with a chick feeder and water. The Menonite mill we got our feed at recommended wheat or millet for grown quail (can't remember which- due to our neighbors I had to re-home ours a few years ago) ask your feed store what they recommend. Hope this helps a little!

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  3. They're adorable! How fun that you were able to get pictures of them hatching!

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  4. Quail are so much fun, I started with Coturnix, they're fun. Now I have Bobwhites very different and they are loving life outdoors. They are great birds.
    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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    1. Yes they are! Oh I have always wanted Bobwhites!

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  5. I've visited quite a few quail pens or preserves. It seems they are very finicky to raise, because the quality varies greatly. I didn't know this side of it though. Interesting!

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    1. We never had any trouble with them! May actually have been the easiest thing we've raised.

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  6. Those eggs are so beautiful and the birds are pretty too! Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog HOp!

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