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4-H Embryology: 4-H EGG Cam

Updated March 30, 2015

These Japanese Quail eggs (coturnix) are starting to hatch today! It takes only 17 days for the birds to hatch. This is a special hatch after we received a gift of fertilized eggs. Learn more about Coturnix Quail. Make sure you watch with us. Our local third grade classrooms have incubators and will soon be starting the final session of the 2015 4-H Embryology School Enrichment Project. Visit here for resources on incubation, candling and more.

Thank you!!!

This is a special hatch after we received a gift of fertilized eggs from Willie Strickland and GQF Manufacturing in Savannah, Georgia. Also, thanks to GQF Manufacturing for designing and building a special incubator for us. This incubator lid has a large viewing area which enables us to see more of what’s going on in the incubator during the hatch.


On January 7, many of our local schools were closed due to severe weather. Our staff worked with teachers to make sure the eggs were set in the classrooms. We did put together an introduction video for teachers, students and families to watch to learn more about embryology and the eggs they are hatching.

In 2014, we took video of the candling on January 15 - day 7 of incubation. You'll see moving embryos, parts of the egg, what eggs look like when the embryo stops growing and eggs that were never fertile. View here.


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For information and resources on incubating chicks, visit HERE


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