Hatching Quail Eggs

Today’s post is about hatching quail eggs. Recently I’ve been receiving requests to discuss more on the process of incubating eggs and the various types of birds you can raise on a small farm whether it be for profit or for pleasure.

In later posts I’ll discuss raising quail. As quail come in many different sizes and requirements I have typed out the requirements for each below. As incubators can be a little different from one another please check your owner’s manual for specific instructions. I am not a vet and this is not to be considered as veterinary advice.California Quail

However, I am very excited about the possibility of all the new spring chicks. I just pulled my own incubator out of its storage box today too. The incubator I use is a Miller, Circulated Air Incubator with Picture Window. I bought it years ago when my daughter was young and we did a home schooling lesson plan together on hatching chicken eggs but it works just as well for hatching quail eggs. It has a nice big picture window so that you don’t disturb the chicks but can watch the miracle of the first breath.

Breed of Quail Incubation/Days Temperature Humidity Stop Turning Eggs
Benson 22 99.5 60-65% 20
Blue Scaled 23 99.5 60-65% 21
Bobwhite 22-23 99.5 60-65% 20
Button 16 99.5 60-65% 14
California Valley 22-23 99.5 60-65% 20
Coturnix 16-18 99.5 60-65% 14
Gambels 22 99.5 60-65% 20
Mearns 24-25 99.5 60-65% 23
Mountain 24-25 99.5 60-65% 23

If you don’t have an automatic turner on your incubator you need to turn your quail eggs at least twice a day to keep the embryo moving around in the shell after the third day of incubation. Then stop turning them 3 days before they’re scheduled to hatch.

On the tenth day or so you can candle the quail eggs to see if they are viable as well as watching them grow. In a darkened room and using a strong flashlight, shine the light directly on each side of the egg. The shape of the growing chick can then be seen within the eggs.

Before the chicks hatch get a bag of starter quail food. If your feed supply store doesn’t carry this, go for a turkey starter ration as the button quail are a game bird and therefore will need a higher protein feed than chicken starter. If you get the turkey starter in crumble form instead of mash you’ll need to crush it up a bit before you give it to your newly hatched quail eggs.

Let me know how your incubation of the eggs go or ask any questions you have in the comment form below.

This small incubator is great for school projects.

The incubator at right is similar to the one we used at school, and in later years for home schooling lessons. It is fun and cute but you have to turn the eggs yourself and the success rate isn’t as high as it could be.

If you want true success you should contemplate using my tried and true Miller incubator. That little dome incubator at right is also nearly twice the price but I decided to show it to you just so you know where to find them, if you really have your heart set on one. Click the image above to check current sales otherwise I think it’s best to take the link to the Miller incubator.

7 Comments to "Hatching Quail Eggs"

  1. rebecca's Gravatar rebecca
    February 19, 2011 - 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I am eleven and would like to hatch and raise California quail. Can you please tell me if how long I should leave the baby quail in the incubator after they hatch and if I should feed them right away.

    • Kathleen's Gravatar Kathleen
      October 24, 2012 - 6:15 pm | Permalink

      you should leave them in the incubator for 24-48 hours after hatching, and be sure to have the brooding lamp on and heating up your brooding area- red lamps are best -before you put the chicks in the brooder
      Yes, you should feed the hatched ones once they can stand up; otherwise they may fall into their food and get coated in it while they’re still wet from hatching- about thirty minutes to an hour after hatching.

  2. Daniel's Gravatar Daniel
    November 8, 2012 - 1:22 am | Permalink

    thanks for sharing an informative post, just what I needed.

  3. Kao's Gravatar Kao
    February 1, 2013 - 12:12 am | Permalink

    this post is very helpful thanks for sharing it with us I just started incubating my very own valleys and would need a little advice for the last 3 days of incubation how high do I raise the humidity ? and when chick hatch how long do I wait to feed them or do I just leave them in my incubator for 24 hours then feed them when I take them out?

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  6. d herrington's Gravatar d herrington
    October 27, 2013 - 8:54 am | Permalink

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