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Quail Eggs

In today’s catering and food industry bird eggs are mostly used in a variety of dishes to give  them more taste. All bird eggs are popular for their versatility and rich nutrients. They form parts and parcel of modern day dishes. Bird eggs that are mostly used in these dishes are eggs of goose, duck, ostrich, emus, gulls, quail and chicken just to mention a few. Quail eggs in particular are the favorite in many countries’ sophisticated dishes. They are known to be an expensive ingredient. For instance they are used in either cooked or raw form in sushi. A hard-boiled quail egg is usually used as a topping over hot dogs or hamburgers in most countries. Quail eggs can be bought from expensive grocery shops, poultry farmers or the local farmers. Hatching this particular type of eggs has become a lucrative activity due to its high worldwide demand and universal appeal.

If you want to hatch quail eggs you will require the assistance of an incubator. An incubator in this case acts as a clean and suitable place for the eggs to hatch in the mother’s absence. A variety of incubators are available online. Since each company makes its own type of incubator, there are a lot of models to select from depending on your preference. Different models have different properties and cost. It is important to choose an ideal incubator which best suit your budget. However, it is advisable to choose an incubator that has holes that are used for ventilation. An incubator that allows a free circulation of air will provide a good hatching environment for the eggs. Automatic incubators are also good since they control temperature and humidity inside the incubator and notify you if their levels are alarming.  Automatic incubators are mostly considered not ideal because they do not provide natural conditions for the quail eggs to hatch. Before the eggs are put in the incubator, they are kept at room temperature for some time.

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Hatching Quail Eggs

When hatching, you are required to place the quail eggs with their pointers facing the upward direction in the incubator. This means that the incubator’s small side should face downwards. For constant incubation on both sides you are supposed to turn the eggs more than once after every 24 hours. The energy that is used for hatching comes from the quail eggs themselves. You should make sure the temperature is favorable and a humidity of 65% is maintained in the incubator. If this is not the case your quail eggs will have undesirable qualities making them lose their market value.  This step should not be ignored.

Incubating Quail Eggs

An Incubator requires a properly ventilated environment. It should never be placed in the open air because it will experience drastic temperature changes, which might affect the hatching process. For the incubator to properly perform, it should always be placed in favorable conditions. The entire hatching process of the eggs takes between twenty two to twenty five days. After hatching, the eggs are ready for consumption.