HOW TO INCUBATE QUAIL EGGS
Start the engine
Ensure your incubator is running 3 days prior to incubation. This will give you a chance to check for any temperature fluctuations and the humidity level. The temperature should be set to 99.5°F. Humidity set to 30-40%.
Let the Eggs Rest
Once you have the eggs unpacked at home . Candle the eggs and remove any eggs if they have cracks. The farm packages the eggs in foam shippers to help shield the eggs from rough handling as much as possible. Let the eggs rest pointy down room temperature for at least 12 hours. If the air cells are saddled, 24 hours would be recommended. Allowing them this rest period will ensure the eggs slowly rise in temperature rather than shocking them with 99.5°F in the incubator. Resting also may aid in re-ataching air cells during a rough ride. An ideal room to rest them in is one free from drafts that is kept at a comfortable temperature for you. Keep away from sunlight.
Incubation After letting them rest, load your eggs point side down into your incubator. Your should be using auto turner to avoid heat and moisture loss that hand turning may cause. Your incubator should is set at the temperature of 37.5°C (99.5°) with a humidity of 30-40%. This temperature and humidity should be maintained for the first 14 days. If you have to hand turn, this should be done an odd number of times per day, with a minimum of 3 but 5 is best.
Lockdown On day 15, it is time to lockdown your eggs for the hatch. At this point all turning of eggs must stop and eggs should be removed from their upright position and any holders or cups they sat in for the first 14 days. Let the eggs rest on their sides which will help the chicks hatch more easily. It is very important to raise the humidity to 55% or higher. If optimal humidity isn't reached, chicks will not be able to hatch and will die in the shell.
Hatching The hatch will start on the 18th day.Some times it can take a little longer for some hatches. You'll find that the majority will hatch within a few hours of each other. There may be a delay of a few DAYS until the rest hatch.
© Copyright Breezy Bird Farms