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Date Posted: 08:35:13 05/27/09 Wed
Author: Rhonda
Author Host/IP: 71.3.131.80
Subject: Re: Are all eggs fertile?
In reply to: Nikki 's message, "Re: Are all eggs fertile?" on 18:47:25 05/26/09 Tue

Nikki, how old are your buttons? You bought them three months ago. If they were young birds, then the hens just may not be ready to sit yet. If you do get a hatchling from the incubator, you will need to properly prepare to raise it, i.e. heat lamp, finely ground food, marbles in the water. (Read the links at the top of the main page -- Button Quail FAQ and the cyberquail link.) You will not be able to put the chick in with the other birds, because they will attack it, especially the males. So, there are multiple problems with this method. Hatch rates using incubators are about 30%. If you have 8 eggs in, you might get one to hatch, and then you would have a lonely only. I would encourage you to wait a bit longer to give your hen time to feel comfortable enough to sit on a clutch of her own eggs.

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