Hatching quail eggs can be a rewarding experience for both hobbyists and commercial breeders. Here are the basic steps for hatching Georgia Giant Bobwhite Quail eggs:
- Select high-quality eggs: Choose eggs that are clean and free from cracks, dents, or deformities. Ensure that the eggs have been stored properly, with the air cell facing up, at a temperature between 50-70°F and a humidity level of around 60%.
- Set up an incubator: Use a reliable incubator that can maintain a constant temperature between 101°F and 102°F and a humidity level between 60% to 64%. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular incubator.
- Incubation: Place the eggs in the incubator with the pointy end facing down. Turn the eggs twice a day to prevent the embryo from sticking to the shell membrane. Stop turning the eggs three days before hatching.
- Candling: After seven days of incubation, candle the eggs to check for development. Remove any eggs that are not fertile or are showing signs of developing problems. If you are beginner, we recommend to number and weight your eggs in grams at the beginning of the hatch and than weight them again, if there is a gain in weight there is development. if a egg obviously smells rotten discard it.
- Lockdown: Around day 18, stop turning the eggs and increase the humidity level to around 75%.
This is known as the “lockdown” period, and it allows the chicks to position themselves properly for hatching.
- Hatching: The chicks should start hatching around day 23. Leave the chicks in the incubator until they are fully dry and fluffy. Do not remove the chicks until they are able to stand and walk around.
- Brooding: Once the chicks are fully dry and fluffy, move them to a brooder that is heated to around 95°F.
Provide them with clean water, a high-quality chick starter feed, and a draft-free environment.
By following these steps, you can successfully hatch Georgia Giant Bobwhite Quail eggs and raise healthy chicks. Remember to monitor the temperature, humidity, and cleanliness of the incubator and brooder at all times to ensure optimal conditions for the chicks.
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