Why different incubation times for quail

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Why different incubation times for quail

Post by WendyHouse on Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:55 pm

Ok, a silly question from a novice.

As the eggs are not too different in size, why is there such a different time for the incubation period.

You see, I set my R.com on Monday for the quail and I noticed it set it for just 17 days. As I am
hatching bobwhite I have read here they need 23 days in all. I have left it going for the 17 days, It will
stop turning on day 14 so I will have to manually reset it again to finish off the heating and hatching on that
day. I'm glad I read the real time needed! Thanks xx

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Re: Why different incubation times for quail

Post by Ironsun on Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:38 am

Hi Wendy,

Yes, Bob white quail do hatch later than Japanese quail, so you'll have to reset your R-Com 3 again, I think you can set it for 23, but I'm not really sure, as I have used one.

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Re: Why different incubation times for quail

Post by Suz on Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:10 am

yeah if you've pre-set your r-com to 17 days, you'll need to reset it on day 14 before it stops turning, as bobs will need turned until day 20, then left for 3 days.

Bobwhites are harder to brood than Japs & CPQ, they are very nervous/wild from hatch, so do better somewhere quiet without too much human interference for the first 3 weeks. There brooder will also need a wire mesh lid as they are flighty within a few days.

Good luck with your hatch


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