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How long do fertile eggs keep?

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My buttons are laying, but I'm collecting them until I have enough to incubate. I was wondering, how long do fertile eggs last?

post #2 of 6

They can last a long time, but after about day 10-14 they start losing their 'hatchability'. Quail eggs seem to do better if they are at least 5 days old when set though. I would keep them no longer than 2 weeks before setting them.
ETA: Just make sure to turn the eggs everyday.


Edited by shelleyd2008 - 7/19/09 at 11:25pm
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post #3 of 6
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Thanks!

post #4 of 6

How do you keep eggs before setting?
Room temp, a cool dark place, frig.?

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post #5 of 6

I have kept them cool and dark just at room temp or lower. I never put them in the fridge. I turn them twice a day. I have hatched them out after two weeks even, though the hatch rate was lower.

post #6 of 6

i bought eggs from a guy who kept them on the counter at room temp. but he got 50-100 eggs daily . i did get a 7/8 hatch rate though.

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