Incubating and Hatching Your Quail Eggs:
Incubating and hatching your quail eggs is the key to successfully raising quail. You must first incubate them as the broodiness has been almost bred out of the present day quail commonly raised nowadays.
We choose the Pro-Series brand Circulated Air Incubator with Automatic Egg Turner, Model number 4250 ,which is one of the styrofoam types but has all the bells and whistles of more expensive brands.
This unit has:
- Plastic coated Styrofoam construction with plastic coating on the outside to reduce breakage and make cleaning easier. It also helps hold temperatures constant
- It has various size self turning egg racks available
- Unit has digital temperature controller
- Unit has DIGITAL humidity indicator!
- Unit has automatic forced air circulation which greatly improves hatches!
- Unit has a count down timer to help you remember hatch date!
- Package contains standard thermometer also provided.
- Unit has closable air vents built in
- Unit comes with a candler but is to large for quail eggs.
Out of box to full usage was less than 30 minutes! We removed the regular egg racks and replaced with the quail size ones. Added water, added an external thermometer through one of the ventilation holes and plugged it in to allow it to cycle. It did this inside of an hour!
Our first hatch came off without any major hitches!. The egg were delivered to us from Kentucky and in early July with temps in the mid 90’s, we were surprised to get such a good hatch!
We lost 10 from breakage and 15 showed no development. From these we hatched 21 babies! The eggs were from 2 strains and it did seem that the brown ones hatched 12 hours ahead of the white ones!
We also scored another incubator from Sheila’s son and family which she set up to hatch in. It is the Hovabator and has better water rings than the one we used to incubate in.
It took only a few hours to get the little fellas to eat and drink. We did have to grind the food in a “bullet” as these wee ones are really “wee ones” 🙂
We will start another post and follow this hatch from egg to table. I already have one little fella nicknamed “Pork CHop” 🙂