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Incubating Japanese Quail????
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Craig H    Posted 10-21-2002 at 08:05:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would appreciate any help here friends. I have been trying for some time to breed Japanese Quail. I set a small Wyandotte bantam on the fertile eggs, but when they hatch, the hen tends to squash most of them to death. I am wondering if anyone can please tell me if they can be successfully removed from under their mother and put under a light in a brooder box? I'm sure it would work, but I'd like to hear what you think.
Best wishes

Ron/PA    Posted 10-21-2002 at 11:15:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sure they can, the 1st 24 hours are the most critical! Maybe you want to consider running the eggs through and incubator? (cheep, if U turn the eggs yourself)
Check back through the last week's posts and look for the youth poultry site that was posted here, these kids are a great source of info for this kind of thing.

screaminghollow    Posted 10-21-2002 at 13:25:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I used to raise Jap Quail. Once had almost 20 dozen eggs in the incubator at one time. A long box with a light bulb at one end works great for a brooder. Make sure you use small waters so the little buggers can't drown themselves. I once converted an old oven to an incubator. I mounted two light bulb sockets in with an incubator switch I bought from Murray McMurray hathery for $13.00. The light bulbs supplied all the heat. If one light bulb burn't out the other would still heat. I laid the eggs on the oven racks and just gently rolled them about 3/4 of an inch twice a day. Hatched thousands of quail and a few hundred goslings in that old oven. The metal inside was easy to clean and already insulated.

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