Setting Up an Incubator to Hatch Quail Eggs
Proper Location of Incubator
When incubating Quail eggs, many beginners don't realize how important having the proper location of their incubator really is. An incubator's job is to maintain the optimum heat, humidity and ventilation settings it has been given, to create the best hatch rate possible. Maintaining the proper settings could become impossible for an incubator, if not placed in a more controlled environment. The best location to help achieve good quail egg hatch rates would be an area that maintains a temperature of somewhere between 70°F to 80°F. When I say maintains, I don’t mean fluctuates between those temperatures. The room or area chosen should be able to hold a temperature of say 72°F or 75°F for example. An incubator should never be placed in a room that has drastic temperature drops or spikes, these types of changes will also happen in your incubator, which can have huge effects on your hatch rate.
When incubating quail eggs the room should be well ventilated, but not drafty. Your incubator should be leveled and away from direct sunlight. Remember an incubator is designed to bring the room temperature to the desired incubating temperature. This is why placement of the incubator is so important. You have to provide the right conditions for your incubator to function the way it is supposed to.
Quail Egg Incubation and Humidity
Once you have found the perfect spot to maintain the proper incubating temperature and ventilation. It's time to work with the humidity, in most cases the desired humidity inside the incubator is 60%. For some species of quail it is some what less. But in all cases it is usually better to have a little less than 60% than more, until 2 days before hatch is due
Incubators usually will come with at least one or two trays for water. The amount of moisture in an incubator is determined by the surface of the water, temperature and being exposed to air. Incubators such as hova-bators, instruct you to fill one of the trays with water until the last 2 to 3 days and then fill the second. What you have to realize is that these instructions are starting points. Where you have placed your incubator is going to determine what is actually going to work for you. Get to know your incubator well, by testing, do this before placing quail eggs inside for hatch.
If you have placed the incubator in a room that has high humidity, even filling just one tray could be to much. As I mentioned, to much is never good for your hatch rate. You will need a reliable tool to read the humidity. If you are getting to much from one tray, you may have to go with a smaller tray or cover part of the tray with aluminum foil and secure it with tape.
All of these things need to be done before you even purchase eggs. Test and get to know your incubator, so you will be prepared to make proper adjustments without hesitation when incubating quail eggs. This will help increase your hatch rate dramatically. You should also have several reliable thermometers and tools to read humidity.
Now when your eggs arrive and you have them properly prepared for setting. Your incubator has been running for a minimum of half a day, the settings are where they are supposed to be and you are almost ready to start the incubation process.
Note: After the eggs are set, it is very likely that you will have to make some adjustments. If you have gone through all of the testing and read the incubator manual. It should not be any problem for you, at this point to make these adjustments.
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