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Raising Gamebirds => Incubation => Topic started by: peter g on October 18, 2013, 09:00:38 PM

Title: infertility
Post by: peter g on October 18, 2013, 09:00:38 PM
I'm new to the forum but need some advice.
I bought 35 Jumbo Brown Coturnix Quail in September. The guy I bought them from said they were hatched May of 2013. I have them in individual pens with one cock and two hens.
I have a cabinet incubator I used to hatch out chickens with quite successfully set to 99.5 to 101.5. It has a automatic turner, the last 3 days I put them in the bottom/don't turn them and increase the humidity to 65-70%.
I feed Southern States 21% game bird Super Breeder.
The first 25 eggs only hatched 5 eggs.
The next 40 hatched 1 egg.
The next 55 hatched 0
The next 93 hatch this Tuesday and I would bet 0 hatch....
The cocks are matting, I've seen them.
What in the world could be happening that I've set over 120 eggs and hatched 6 quail?
There was only one eggs that showed signs of being fertile out of all those eggs that didn't hatch.
Title: Re: infertility
Post by: RedOakGamebirds on October 22, 2013, 08:53:36 AM
Sounds like you have some poor male breeders.  Replace them with some younger males.  This has been a poor year for layers Ive seen in a long time.  With my daughters chickens we've only seen a small handful of fertile eggs and there are several males in there.  The last several Ive purchased and hatched its been around a 50% hatch rate.  After breaking the shell a good portion never developed.