Did you know that around 80% of quails are farmed in China? Why not change this statistic and start hatching your own quail – we’ve made it easy with these 5 best quail incubators!
Quail eggs hatch in less than a month. Hatched chicks are very self-sufficient from the moment they hatch. In nature, they leave the nest straight after hatching to follow their parents around.
Quails only live for around three to five years and they mature when they’re only two months old, after which they’re ready to start mating. They’re absolutely tiny, weighing only around 4 oz!
Read on for the best quail incubators, or check out our Complete Guide to Quail Farming for a ton of information about raising quail on your homestead!
Best Quail Incubator Top 5
Despite its hilarious description ("has a good reputation from peasants in the rural area"), this is a great little incubator for your quail eggs. It holds 9 chicken eggs and around 20 quail eggs.
This company offers a 100% money-back guarantee for the first 30 days and a year's warranty. It's easy to clean and easy to use, and only takes up a very small space - you could hatch eggs on your kitchen bench!
- Very easy to clean and use
- Great value for money
- Adjustable egg turner
- Instructions can be a little hard to interpret
- Visibility is not as good as some of the other incubators
- Need to keep a close eye on temperature - it may not be as consistent as it sounds
This incubator has excellent reviews and turns your eggs automatically, every 4 hours. It's easy to clean and has a built-in fan to circulate air and maintain the right temperature to improve your hatching rates.
It has space for 41 eggs but small trays for quail eggs are sold separately.
- Turns eggs automatically every 4 hours
- Easy to clean
- Includes egg candler
- Excellent value
- Small quail egg tray is sold separately
This incubator holds up to 22 chicken eggs, 12-18 duck eggs, and 22-24 pheasant eggs. It has excellent visibility which is great for keeping an eye on your eggs, and kids will love it. It includes an automatic egg turner and stops turning the eggs 3 days before hatching day.
The downside with this incubator is that it isn't specifically made for hatching quail eggs. Read some of the reviews about quail before you purchase - some users love it and some had issues with eggs cracking and chicks getting stuck in the bottom of the incubator.
Besides that, this is a high-quality incubator that you can use for many different types of eggs.
- Fits 44-45 quail eggs
- High-quality construction
- Excellent visibility
- For quail eggs, you need to be extra careful as this incubator is not specifically made for them. You may need to turn eggs by hand and allow extra space per egg, or fit a quail rail
- Holes in the bottom are large which can be dangerous for quail chicks
This incubator is easy to use and controls temperature and humidity automatically, updating every 3 seconds. Humidity is easy to control with an external water top-up point and humidity level display.
Includes an automatic egg turner with auto-stop before hatching day, as well as a built-in timer so you can track hatching time. LED egg candler is built-in as well so you can easily see your chick's development.
This incubator is not built specifically for quail eggs but many people have successfully used it for quail. I recommend that you read their experiences before you buy, as you may need to buy a separate quail egg turner or turn by hand, as well as provide additional floor material so your tiny chicks don't get stuck.
- Great price
- Automatic egg turning as well as auto-stop before hatching day
- LED egg candler is awesome for tracking your chick's development
- Not built specifically for quail eggs
- You may need to buy a separate quail egg turner or turn by hand
- May need to cover the bottom to keep little chicks safe
So, what are our top picks for the best quail incubator?
If you’re on a budget, we recommend either HBLife’s Digital Automatic Incubator, or Farm Innovators’ 4250 Incubator. Both of these would make an excellent choice but you will need to buy a separate quail trail for the Farm Innovators one.
If you prefer a quality incubator that’s going to last for years, you can’t go past Brinsea’s Ovation 56 EX.
Not only does it come with a 3-year limited warranty, but it’s also fully adjustable to your liking, includes many alarms for reassurance, and it’s incredibly easy to use.
Brinsea offers a range of accessories and replacement parts for their incubators, so this is an investment for the long haul. They have incubators of different sizes as well, which you can see over at Tractor Supply.
Hatching your own eggs is a whole lot of fun, give it a go and let us know how you go. Or maybe you’ve hatched eggs before? Let us know your experiences!