White Bobwhite Quail are a white variety of the beloved Bobwhite breed of quail and weigh between 7 and 8 ounces at maturity. The male and female of this variety of Bobwhite are very hard to tell apart, with the head of the male being bigger as it's only "tell". They are naturally camouflaged in the winter snow and are fun to watch.
White Quail have light meat (not all white though) and light skin and are easy to butcher and clean. They are also fast-growing; it takes about 8 weeks for them to reach 7 ounces in optimal conditions.
For hatching eggs, you will need to have either an incubator or a broody bantam hen. We recommend a styrofoam tabletop style incubator for your first time hatching eggs, and we recommend an automatic turner for 12 or more eggs. As quail eggs are smaller than most other poultry species, you will also need a special quail-size rack or quail-size cups for the automatic turner.
Incubation Time: WhiteBobwhite Quail Hatching Eggs will hatch in about 18 days.
Temperature/Humidity: White Bobwhite Quail Hatching Eggs will hatch best if incubated at 100 degrees F, decreasing to 98.5 degrees F during the final three days of incubation. Humidity should be kept at 45-55% until day 14 when it should be raised to 55-65% until the chicks hatch. Turning the eggs 3 times a day for the first 14 days is a solid practice. After day 14, stop turning the eggs.
Special Incubation Notes: Start up your incubator 2-3 days before your eggs are due to arrive. This gives your incubator time to fully come to temperature and to stabilize humidity levels. It is also a good practice to let your newly arrived eggs rest at room temperature for about 12 hours before placing them in an incubator. Place them large side up in a clean and dry egg carton. Incubators should be kept in a room with a constant even temperature and out of the sun.
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