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Proper incubation of quail eggs at home


Breed quail at home began only 50 years ago. This bird has a lot of advantages, among which: precociousness of individuals, low prime cost of eggs, dietary meat and unpretentiousness in content.

In this article we will talk about the features of incubating quail eggs at home, consider the quail incubation table, talk about modes and learn how to lay eggs in an incubator.

What incubators are needed for breeding chicks?

Quail lost incubation instinct, therefore, the withdrawal of young stock is due to incubators. One of the best and most popular models in Russia is the “Mouth” model.

Made from extruded foam, the incubator weighs 16 kg and has standard dimensions: 70x50x40 cm. The whole body is lined with plastic, on top there is a cover with an electrical cable. In the case of removing the cover, the entire apparatus is automatically shut off. Equipped with a removable tray device that turns the eggs every 40-60 minutes.

The rotation function at the time of hatching can be turned off. Under the tray itself there are incandescent lamps, which provide a constant temperature regime, uniformly heating the incubator. You can set the temperature in the range of 25 - 40 ° C. The value is maintained automatically by an electronic thermostat. Provided fire protection.

Humidity is maintained due to the evaporation of water from the 2 tanks that are above the heater. There are special holes at the bottom and in the lid of the incubator, which serve as ventilation.

Model "Hatch" will not only bring the young, but also contain quail in it, for 2 weeks. To do this, instead of the tray set the box and turn on the mode of growing.

Quail eggs in the incubator

How to choose quail eggs

There are a number of options for quail eggs.

  1. Weight.
    • 10-15 grams - for breeding birds;
    • 8-13 grams - for birds for meat.
  2. Smooth shell surface, without any flaws: growths, dents, notches, cracks.
  3. The form. The percentage of smaller diameter to larger is 65 to 70.
  4. Matte coating.

Each egg should be scanned through the device - ovoskop. You can use a flashlight for the "light". Look carefully at the egg for flaws: the location and size of the air chamber, the presence of blood inclusions, mixed protein and yolk.

Eggs are taken from quails, starting from 2 months of age, but not older than 1 year. You should choose only the average size. Small and large can contain various defects, among which are: the presence of two yolks, the withdrawal of unviable and weak quails.

For good hatchability quail, the incubation egg should not be more than 10 days. Storage temperature - 10-15 ° C.

Do not keep eggs for incubation at room temperature. This will significantly reduce its shelf life.

What humidity should be?

When storing eggs, the humidity should be kept within 80%.

When incubated for the first 15 days, this value varies between 53-60%. On the 16th and 17th day, the humidity is reduced to 47-49%. During the hatching of chicks, the value is increased to 65-90%.

Humidity is the main indicator during the incubation of eggs. Since the beginning of the development of the embryo, metabolic processes occur. It is necessary to regulate the humidity index in order to avoid embryo water starvation.

Dry air can cause the shell to dry inside the shell, increasing its density. This threatens that the chick will not be able to get out of its shell during the hatching.

If, on the contrary, the humidity in the incubator is too high, a similar situation may arise with the damned shell, since the germinal envelope will be supersaturated with moisture.

Dampness in the incubator can cause mold and fungi in the tray.. Bacterial diseases can be transmitted to the embryo.

To increase the humidity during the withdrawal, install containers with warm water to the bottom of the incubator.

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Maintaining the right temperature in the incubator

Temperature table for incubation period

And now let's talk about what temperature should be in an incubator for quail eggs. Quails are more resistant to overheating or power outages.

When shutting down the incubator, quickly remove the tray from the casing and cool the eggs to 15-18 degrees. Once the problem is solved, bring the temperature to the desired value, and put the tray back. With such interruptions, the embryos may linger a little in development.

The first 12 days, the temperature in the quail incubator should be constant - 37.7 ° C. From 13 to 15 days - 37.3-37.5 ° С. During quail removal, the temperature is lowered to 37.2 ° C.

The table below shows the incubation of quail eggs.

SpecificationsIncubator for 50 eggs 220 / 12B (quail.)Incubator "Layer" for 77 eggs 220 VIncubator "Neptune" for 80 eggs 220 VIncubator "Birdie" 60 eggs 220 V
Type of thermostatdigitaldigitalanalogdigital
Number of eggs, pieces50778060
Accuracy of temperature maintenance, ° С± 0,2±0,1± 0,5± 0,2
Power consumption, W40/25404270
Sizes, mm470 x 470 x 235720 x 520 x 290796 x 610 x 236620 x 480 x 260
Weight, kg42,446,5
Coupautomatic, every 1 hour (up to four hours)autoautomatic, 7 times a dayautomatic, every 50 min
Thermometernotelectronic, built-in thermostatanalogelectronic, built-in thermostat
Humidity measuring devicenotnotnotnot

Bookmark quail eggs: how much time is needed for breeding

For incubation take eggs that are not more than 7 days. The longer the storage period, the less chance of a normal and viable chick being taken out of it.

Bookmark is strictly vertical, the sharp end is located to the bottom of the tray. After they have been laid, they should be disinfected. To do this, use the outside emitter at a distance of 0.4-0.45 m (6-7 minutes).

Avoid direct sunlight on quail eggs. Windows to the room should be curtain. Since carbon dioxide is released from the shell, it is necessary to periodically air the room. Every two days should turn them from side to side, so that the embryo does not stick to the shell.

To increase the shelf life of eggs, you should put the eggs just laid, in boxes with cells, and pack them in a bag, completely closed. You can store them for 15 days at a temperature of about 17 degrees. To increase the shelf life to 20 days, you can put the eggs in the incubator every day for 30 minutes.

Eggs for incubation can not be washed, cleaned their surface and subjected to various types of cleaning.
The appearance of quail, care for them in the first days of life

Conditions for home quail incubation

Many factors affect the quality of hatching, including the type of feeding, the density of the birds, the age of the quail, and the sex ratio.

The most optimal number of quails: 1 male to 4-5 females. Some manufacturers prefer to separate each pair for mating. This significantly increases the percentage of fertilized eggs than with free mating.

You can not pair quails if they have family ties. In this case, there is a high risk of hatching weak quails, which, with a probability of 52%, will die at a young age.

Eggs are taken from females aged 2-8 months. In younger females, they are used as food. If a quail is older than 9 months, its egg production does not change, however, the percentage of fertilized eggs decreases.

Males are used as producers, a little longer.

Features and temperature regimes of incubation

And now consider how much time chicks hatch and what needs to be done to do this. Poultry farmers use different modes of incubation.

The first 15 days are required to maintain an optimal mode of 37-38 degrees. Many poultry farmers adhere to other parameters of 36.8-37.6 degrees. For hatching, the temperature varies between 37-37.4 degrees.

Every day should be spraying (2 times / day). Do not forget to air the incubator for 10 minutes. This will help the shell to soften, with the result that the chick can easily shell the shell during the hatching. There is an increase in the percentage of hatchability to 95%.

Egg flipping per day occurs 4-8 times. There are incubators with an automatic coup, but some require manual turning of the eggs. If we neglect the procedure, the chick will stick to one of the inner walls, the chance to survive such an embryo is 0.

Once a day, it is desirable to change the trays in places in a circle. That will allow the eggs to warm up evenly and bring out the chicks at the same time, and not with a difference of two days.

If you follow these simple rules, hatching will take place on the 17th day and will last for 6-9 hours.

After the chick is free from the shell, it is required to leave for 3-5 hours in the incubator for drying. Only after this, transplant the chicks from the incubator to a separate cage.
Organization of the content of chicks

The reasons for the failure of quails

There are a lot of factors that are causes of a small percentage of hatching. Main reasons.

  1. Feeding quail. If the diet of birds does not contain vitamins and minerals, and the diet is unbalanced, as a result, preterm or weak embryos with pathologies and defects are born. These chicks cannot pierce the shell with their beak. Such quails die within 1-2 months.
  2. Disruption of incubation. This is a common cause of failure. By the end of the incubation, the embryos need enough oxygen and constant airing of the room from carbon dioxide. As a result, the embryos die from asphyxiation.
  3. Violation of gas exchange. In this case, the head of the embryo is located in the direction of the sharp end. The reason for the violation lies in overheating. You should carefully observe the temperature in the incubator and sometimes cool the eggs.
  4. Turning eggs. Lack of or improper overturning is also a common cause. Protein is used in an incomplete amount, due to which the embryo develops unevenly, or dies after hatching.

Each poultry farmer is obliged to familiarize himself with a number of rules for the proper breeding of quails. You should initially select an incubator based on specifications and additional features. (modes of operation, the turning of eggs, the presence of a box for keeping chicks in the first weeks of life, humidity control, etc.).

Buy eggs better from a trusted manufacturer, which has long established itself in the market. However, everyone will be able to try their hand at breeding their own broodstock. This will help save money and gain experience.

As you can see, the withdrawal of quails in an incubator at home is a painstaking procedure that requires patience and perseverance.