Below are some brief answers to common questions about using our incubator (BE-INCUBAT or LD-INCUBAT) to hatch quail eggs. For more in-depth information, please see our Hatching Eggs with an Incubator and Newly Hatched Chicks Science Lessons.
Are the incubators appropriate for children ages 10-12 years to manage on their own?
We generally do not recommend that younger students work with the incubators unsupervised. Due to the specific and delicate care that the eggs must receive, we recommend adult supervision for the younger through middle grades/ages. A few of the elements that require consistent monitoring are temperature, the turning of the eggs, location of egg incubator as well as others.
Will my quail eggs stay warm enough while they are in transit?
The quail eggs stay dormant until the incubation process starts. Warmth will not be an issue until you actually start incubating the eggs.
The incubator/ egg hatching instructions say to turn the quail egg end over end. Won't this damage the egg?
Fertile eggs are extremely delicate and can be easily ruined. A perfectly good egg may not hatch if it is turned wrong end up or if the egg is shaken. However, an important step in hatching is to turn the eggs. To keep the egg's yolk in place, a mother chicken frequently reaches underneath her body and turns her eggs with her beak. This is because the yolk tends to float toward the shell. If the egg lies too long in one position, the white separates and allows the yolk to break through, pressing the embryo against the shell and killing it. By changing the position of the eggs, the mother avoids this. When hatching your eggs you will need to carefully follow the incubating instructions for your type of egg, so that the eggs are turned properly.
How big do the quails get, and what should we do with them when they are grown?
The female quails generally reach 8-10″ tall, while males tend to be smaller at about 6-8″. It is possible to keep the quails as pets as long as you have an adequate place to keep them. If you do not have the facilities to care for them, don't turn them loose! Instead, give them to a local hatchery, farm, Humane Society, feed or pet dealer. The instructions included with the incubator will provide you with more information on caring for and raising the baby quails once they have hatched.
None of my quails hatched. Can I get replacement eggs?
The successful hatching rate for quail eggs in the incubator with four eggs (LD-INCUBAT) or the pack of eight eggs (LD-QUAILBW8) is typically 25-50%. However, due to many variables beyond our control, successful hatching rates are not guaranteed. If for some reason none of your quail eggs hatch, we may be able to get you replacement eggs at a modest cost. Please call us at (800) 860-6272. This replacement policy is only valid if you used our incubator or a commercial quality incubator and you carefully followed all instructions for hatching quail eggs with your incubator each day of the incubation period.