Quail eggs - how to tell if fertile?
Posted 06 August 2007 - 10:14 PM
I tried candling it just in case but I'm sure the shell is too thick/dark, I can't see inside at all.
Posted 07 August 2007 - 04:34 AM
If you want to incubate it, check the weight before you start and then check it during. Weights will change in eggs that have healthy embryos growing inside. This is a good way to know without being able to candle.
Posted 07 August 2007 - 11:41 AM
Also, is it vital that you keep the egg in the same position as it was laid? Because I totally was sooo excited that I just picked it up and showed my mom, but I'm not sure if it's still in the same position.
The thing with button quails is that they never lay on their eggs, it's pretty rare. So they do not even really notice when their eggs are gone.
Posted 07 August 2007 - 11:57 AM
Look for the styrofoam Little Giant brands. Cheap, works good, and would be a perfect first incubator.
Quail eggs are nothing like reptile eggs. They NEED to be rotated several times daily(at least 3 times daily) or the embryo will settle on one side of the egg and will attach as it grows, leading to ripped veins and a busted yolk = dead baby.
You can easily ship bird eggs through the mail, and still have a decent hatch rate from them. Shaking them, dropping them or thumping them really hard will damage the air-cell inside, if this is damaged the embryo won't develop, but rotating them gently before or during incubation will NOT harm the egg or the developing baby inside.
Check out this page and do some reading on Incubation. http://www.cityfarmer.org/quail2.html
Scroll down towards the middle and find it. You can also do searches online for Quail Hatching, Quail Incubation, or similar terms to get more detailed information or to compare notes on mentioned methods.
Posted 07 August 2007 - 12:39 PM
I just don't want to kill it.
Posted 07 August 2007 - 01:07 PM
Posted 07 August 2007 - 01:11 PM
Personally, I wouldn't even bother with one egg. Just crack it over a nice hot skillet and have a tiny little omolette. Or hard boil the little thing and offer it to your tortoises, box turtles, monitor lizard or dog. They'll eat it.
Or hard boil it and pickle it, then you can eat it too.
If you dispose of it now, you won't be killing anything. No nucleus or blood veins have started to develop so there is nothing even slightly resembling a chick inside. It's just an egg.
Posted 07 August 2007 - 01:16 PM
I see everyones turtle egg hatching photos and I want to do that, I want to bring life and meaning to this world. I think it would help me through a lot at this point in life. Just killing it won't really do that but make me feel more guilty.
Posted 07 August 2007 - 01:35 PM
We are having a storm here now so I am logging offline. But it's cool that you want to bring something into the world. Maybe you should invest in the larger incubator though; since once you try it you want to do it again and again!
Posted 07 August 2007 - 09:41 PM
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