Homemade incubator broke at night

Luckyscale2003

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My 6 quail eggs sat for around 4 hours at 73 degrees because my heat bulb went out
Are they ok or should I throw them out?
 

Kribensis27

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I don't know much about this, but I think some may have survived.
 
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Luckyscale2003

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Kribensis27 said:
I don't know much about this, but I think some may have survived.
that's what I'm wondering because its early on in their development its been3 days since the start
 

ZeldaNerd

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This is super super late, so sorry, but just for future reference but what I do in those cases is just keep them in the incubator for a bit longer and candle them later (1-2 weeks) to see if there's any development. It doesn't hurt to just make sure. I had this happen once where a kid pressed the emergency stop button in the room that was designed for if power tools ran off the hook and such without anyone noticing, and it turned off the incubator, but these were chickens about 1-2 weeks into development so it killed them, but they sat for much longer than 4 hours. I don't know what happens that early in development. Did your quails make it? I'm a poultry nerd too lol, just out of curiosity.
 
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Luckyscale2003

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ZeldaNerd said:
This is super super late, so sorry, but just for future reference but what I do in those cases is just keep them in the incubator for a bit longer and candle them later (1-2 weeks) to see if there's any development. It doesn't hurt to just make sure. I had this happen once where a kid pressed the emergency stop button in the room that was designed for if power tools ran off the hook and such without anyone noticing, and it turned off the incubator, but these were chickens about 1-2 weeks into development so it killed them, but they sat for much longer than 4 hours. I don't know what happens that early in development. Did your quails make it? I'm a poultry nerd too lol, just out of curiosity.
one made it almost full term then died a few days before it needed to pip. i eggtopsied it and it started getting feathers.
 

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Luckyscale2003 said:
one made it almost full term then died a few days before it needed to pip. i eggtopsied it and it started getting feathers.
Sorry for you losses, I hope if you incubate again sometime it goes better, thank you for the update btw! I've never raised quail before (I've had ducks, chickens, turkeys), but I would like to one day
 
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Luckyscale2003

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ZeldaNerd said:
Sorry for you losses, I hope if you incubate again sometime it goes better, thank you for the update btw! I've never raised quail before (I've had ducks, chickens, turkeys), but I would like to one day
i will probably try again this summer. i will do quail again because they are adorable.
 

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Luckyscale2003 said:
i will probably try again this summer. i will do quail again because they are adorable.
Good luck!! We actually just had a baby duck hatch (it's a little heartbreaker), we tried to incubate 7, but only 1 hatch so of course it's spoiled rotten. It's kinda disappointing though because our last batch of ducks didn't hatch either, I really hope it's not something wrong with our female
 
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Luckyscale2003

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ZeldaNerd said:
Good luck!! We actually just had a baby duck hatch (it's a little heartbreaker), we tried to incubate 7, but only 1 hatch so of course it's spoiled rotten. It's kinda disappointing though because our last batch of ducks didn't hatch either, I really hope it's not something wrong with our female
hmm maybe add some more different and variety of supplements. do their shells seem thin/discolored or mishapen. maybe your drake doesn't have that good of a drive yet. how old are the suspected parents
 

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Luckyscale2003 said:
hmm maybe add some more different and variety of supplements. do their shells seem thin/discolored or mishapen. maybe your drake doesn't have that good of a drive yet. how old are the suspected parents
All of her eggs look fine but something that has always been strange with her is she's a Cayuga duck, and they're supposed to lay black eggs that get lighter till they're white throughout the season, but she has always laid white eggs. All of the ducks are different breeds, and there was a mishap in the order form and we got a straight run (still kicking myself) and ended up with 3 males and 1 female. I know this is terrible for ducks, but they have been fine for the 2 years we've had them. I have never had a problem, the males are very odd and seem to respect her and like each other, I've never seen anything like it. But anyways, I think the only males that mate with her are the Buff Orpington I have and a Runner, nothing seems off about any of them. And the current duckling and the ducklings we've had the past have been healthy, and all un-born eggs are healthy when we candle but then just stop right before hatch date. I don't have a large flock by any means lol! Hmmm, I've never added supplements to the incubator (is that what you mean?), would that help my eggs?

**Edit: Though like all ducks she lays randomly around the coop, but the mud filled corners are her favorite , but I don't think that would account for it, just wanted to say just in case
 
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ZeldaNerd said:
All of her eggs look fine but something that has always been strange with her is she's a Cayuga duck, and they're supposed to lay black eggs that get lighter till they're white throughout the season, but she has always laid white eggs. All of the ducks are different breeds, and there was a mishap in the order form and we got a straight run (still kicking myself) and ended up with 3 males and 1 female. I know this is terrible for ducks, but they have been fine for the 2 years we've had them. I have never had a problem, the males are very odd and seem to respect her and like each other, I've never seen anything like it. But anyways, I think the only males that mate with her are the Buff Orpington I have and a Runner, nothing seems off about any of them. And the current duckling and the ducklings we've had the past have been healthy, and all un-born eggs are healthy when we candle but then just stop right before hatch date. I don't have a large flock by any means lol! Hmmm, I've never added supplements to the incubator (is that what you mean?), would that help my eggs?

**Edit: Though like all ducks she lays randomly around the coop, but the mud filled corners are her favorite , but I don't think that would account for it, just wanted to say just in case
by supplements I mean put some dishes of minerals you can buy online and if they need it they will eat it. seaweed that is in powder form is like a healthy energy drink for them. it will boost the health of the eggs. Do you do a lockdown with the duck eggs or do you just let them turn?
 

ZeldaNerd

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Luckyscale2003 said:
by supplements I mean put some dishes of minerals you can buy online and if they need it they will eat it. seaweed that is in powder form is like a healthy energy drink for them. it will boost the health of the eggs. Do you do a lockdown with the duck eggs or do you just let them turn?
I just let them turn. We had an old incubator a couple years back that was fabulous, works for forever, till it didn't lol. I can't remember the company, but the new is getting us mixed results while the older one had every single eggs hatch basically. I've never heard of the minerals thing, I will definitely have to try that next time we incubate!
 
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Luckyscale2003

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Try doing a lockdown also. dont turn the eggs the last 4 to 5 days before hatching so the chicks can get into position to hatch
 
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Luckyscale2003

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i have contacted the breeder and i will receive 6 eggs on Wednesday!!
 

ZeldaNerd

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Luckyscale2003 said:
i have contacted the breeder and i will receive 6 eggs on Wednesday!!
Yessssss!!! You're going to have to update with pic of the babies when they hatch, and best of luck with the incubation !!
 
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Luckyscale2003

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ZeldaNerd said:
Yessssss!!! You're going to have to update with pic of the babies when they hatch, and best of luck with the incubation !!
i have 11 eggs now
 

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Luckyscale2003 said:
i have 11 eggs now
I once saw a meme on poultry math explained....I didn't realize how true it was until I thought of my "ok, I'm just GOING to Tractor Supply, I without a doubt, definitely, don't need more chickens...." and then leave with 4 XD

But on a more serious note congrats!! You are really making me want quail lol
 
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Luckyscale2003

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ZeldaNerd said:
I once saw a meme on poultry math explained....I didn't realize how true it was until I thought of my "ok, I'm just GOING to Tractor Supply, I without a doubt, definitely, don't need more chickens...." and then leave with 4 XD

But on a more serious note congrats!! You are really making me want quail lol
Please do! They are very quiet and will help keep your yard clean of bugs and weeds! The eggs are on day 13 one more day before lockdown.!
 

ZeldaNerd

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Luckyscale2003 said:
Please do! They are very quiet and will help keep your yard clean of bugs and weeds! The eggs are on day 13 one more day before lockdown.!
I will definitely have to do some research on them! I'm so excited to see your chicks (side question is it still called chicks in Quail?). The problem with my chickens while adorable little grimlens, they eat the weeds from the garden and everything IN the garden too XD
 

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