Help with hatching quail eggs
Hello, If anyone could help me with my 1st time incubating California Valley quail eggs, I'd really appreciate it. I got the eggs from a friend whose dog caught the hen while she was on the nest. I've had them in an improvised incubator for 24 days, with some problems initially with temperature fluctuation of 2 degrees. I don't have a hygrometer, so I'm uncertain if I've been able to keep the humidity level high enough. Because of that, I expected that if the eggs hatched, it'd be a bit late. Last night, the eggs began making "jumping" movements and faint pecking sounds. That went on for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours, then stopped. It's now approx. 13 hours later, and there's been no more sound or movement. A worker at a feed store here said it's okay for the chicks to start to hatch, then take a break of up to 12 hours. Is this common? When should I be concerned that there's a problem?