Quail Hatching Info

Quail Hatching Info

COMMON NAME

INCUBATION PERIOD

EGG COLOR

NOTES

Bobwhite

21-23 days

White

Circulated Air incubators: 99 3/4 degrees F; 84 to 86 degrees F wet bulb, reduce during last week of incubation.

California Valley Quail

22-23 days

Buff/cream with brown spots

Incubation as in Bobwhite.

Gambel’s Quail

21-23 days

Pale buff to white with moderate pink/brown spots

Lower humidity than two above species, wet bulb of 83 F; hens will lay several clutches in captivity, reports of 50 eggs per hen are not uncommon.

Scaled Quail

22-23 days

Pale Buff to cream, light spotting.

Humidity: 82 to 84 degrees F wet bulb.

Elegant Quail

22-23 days

White

Humidity as in Scaled; chicks may not start eating on their own. Also known as Benson or Douglas Quail.

Montezuma Quail

24-25 days

White

Keep wet bulb at 82 degrees F; chicks will need help to learn to eat.

Mountain Quail

24-25 days

Pale buff to cream, no spotting

Wet Bulb of 82 to 84 degrees F.

Chinese Painted Quail

16 days

Brown, mottled with black

Very tiny chicks, can slip through 1/2 inch hardware cloth; better known as the Button Quail.

Coturnix Quail

16-17 days

Brown, mottled with black

Also known as the Pharaoh Quail and Migratory Quail; commercially raised for meat and eggs.

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