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How long do quail eggs stay fresh and when do they stop laying?

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I was planning on selling coturnix quail eggs in plastic containers and I can't find any definitive answers on what I should list the best by/expiration date as. Also, for 4 months a year there is less than 10 hours of light a day. Will that make the quails completely stop laying or will egg production just decrease? Thanks!!!

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I'm wondering myself

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I too was wondering about the viability of the eggs, not only for shipping, but between harvesting and being placed in the incubator, if the incubator is running a cycle when the eggs are collected.
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I've read on here 10 days max. Maybe someone else with more knowledge will chime in
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A lot of what I've read says that when the eggs are refrigerated before and after being sold they last 3-6 weeks max, but in other places I've read that the eggs lasted 3 months. I think that farm fresh eggs will definitely last longer than store bought since they've been laid much more recently. 

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People use light bulbs to make the quail think the days are longer than they really are and this will keep them laying through the short days. I think 14 hours of light a day will keep them laying, but google it to be sure. You only need enough light to keep them awake, nothing fancy. A 100 watt light bulb in the room is probably enough. You can put it on a time to be sure it keeps a set schedule.

 

MY coturnix often layed right through winter even during the short days. They are egg machines.

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