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How long can I store quail eggs for eating?

post #1 of 8
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Hi,
I've searched and searched and can't find any definitive answers about how long I can store my quail eggs in the refrigerator.  We only have 2 laying females so we don't get too many eggs.  We would like to take a friend a BUNCH of eggs at the end of July.  If we refrigerate them, they'll be a couple months old by then.  They'll still be good, right?  I know chicken eggs can keep for several months refrigerated, but since quail eggs are so much smaller I wonder if they have a shorter life.  Thanks!!

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post #2 of 8

I know mine stay for about a month outside on the counter, so if they are refrigerated it may be a whole new story.  You can always float-test them before you give them to someone; if it floats, it goes.

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Okay, thanks!
p.s.  Nice goggles!


Edited by thespinningcottage - 6/6/10 at 7:24am
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post #4 of 8

As long as they are unwashed and stored on the bottom of the frig I would guess as long as chicken eggs.  We have kept them up to 4 months in the fridge and tasted as good and firm as day 1.  Unwashed is the key element because the bloom is sealing up the egg and not allowing any air or bacteria in.

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Thanks!  They're unwashed, from a squeaky-clean pen.  I don't allow the poop to build up in my quail pen, so the eggs look great.  I appreciate your input!

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I live in Dallas Ft Worth area of Texas the Quail capital of the world I'm told....I want to buy an incubator and hatch them my self with my kids, I just started eating the eggs from my friend in NYs and they are awesome! so tasty! dont need to even put salt on them!

I hard boiled them, and they were so easy to peel when I put them directly into ice water from 4 min. boil! any advice on starting them?

post #7 of 8

Hello MixkidsTX, Im guess'n your eating coturnix eggs from NY. Spotted eggs? Your area of TX known for its great Bobwhite population, smaller white eggs, very different quail. Im also assuming you want to raise coturnix. Most folks start with these. If you have not bought your bator yet, and have the funds, the brinsea eco 20 is the best one I have. I have used many store bought bators and built dozens at home. This has been the best. http://www.brinsea.com/prod-Octagon_20_ECO_egg_incubator-224.aspx My second choice would be the Hova bator with a fan if you go with a styro type bator. There is a big difference between these and the little giants that look very similar. This is in the temp control thermostat... The little giant has been a problem for some, but others get along just fine....  Here is the hova... http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/hova-bator-egg-incubator-1602n-with-circulated-air-fan-kit All the above is just my opinion and others mileage will vary!

 

As to the eggs, Get the best stock you can find. I would want feather sexable birds as in browns or Italians, with as pure blood line as I could find. For the beginner seperating roos from hens is sometimes a problem if they all look exactly alike. The colors above are two which can be easily identified at a few weeks old. Many keep pens of mixed colors. While there is nothing wrong with this, Its tough to get back to a bird that breeds true if you find one you would like to reproduce later. Set eggs that are under 10 days old, under 7 is better yet. And most of all, get your kids around when they start to hatch. They will be hooked! Good luck. Bill

 

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post #8 of 8

thanks, so Im guessing between the number of eggs in the top cage and the way they all look the same my buddies are ALL hens! I hope he can find a nice breeding roo.

thanks for the insight into breeds, Id like to have one nice roo with my hens, because if one wants to be a setter, that would be even cooler, yes all but one egg that was freakishly pure white the eggs are speckled and his birds are grey, white and black feathered!  he has 14 birds total and now, Ill grab all the eggs and "float" them cuz Ill eat any that are good! they have just been sitting on a piece of newspaper on top of their cage. they are in "chicken wire" cages so they have lots of fresh air, they are really friendly too! I cant wait for the kids (ages 12 and 14) to see them hatch out as well!

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