Are quail eggs supposed to float?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mr.majestik, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. mr.majestik

    mr.majestik Out Of The Brooder

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    I am incubating 100 quail eggs and have 20 or so left over. I decided to pickle some (mmm mm good) and was washing them when I noticed they all floated in the rinsing bowl. Now I have heard fresh chicken eggs sink and bad ones float but does this apply to quail eggs as well? I cracked one and it seemed fine. Any help would be most appreciated.
     
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    You know I had the same question the other day because I boiled 9 eggs and one floated. I just took the floater out and ate the rest because of what I've heard about chicken eggs. I'm assuming the same rule applies. [​IMG]
     
  3. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

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    No, they shouldn't. It means either:
    1) Egg gone bad
    2) Dehydrated too much in the fridge - still safe to eat but rubbery like whoa.
    3) Developed chick near hatching inside. (found that one out the hard way when I thought a late-term floater meant bad egg.. doh)

    I crack 'em if they float after boiling and if they're not stinkers, feed 'em to animals. If they float before boiling, they go right down the garbage disposal.

    -Spooky
     
  4. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Glad I got that right the other day when I was boiling them. Whew!
     
  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Good to know. [​IMG]

    Going to do a quick hijack, lol. Are quail egg membranes supposed to be so thick? I had a few that I cracked, and I actually had an easier time cutting them with cuticle scissors than I did cracking them on the counter. Were they old? They were being incubated, so I'm hoping that's what the problem was...
     
  6. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

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    I have found that quail eggs start floating a lot quicker than chicken eggs and have not found them to be "that bad" but just the same I usually feed those to the rats...
     
  7. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

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    Quote:Quail membranes are thick and a pain in the rear. I actually don't bother cracking shells, I just soak 'em in white vinegar for a few hours until the shell dissolves and then I cut a small tear in the membrane with a knife and peel it off. It's like a small sheet of rubber. First time I saw it, I was surprised my eggs EVER hatched [​IMG] Let's hear it for egg teeth.
    -Spooky
     

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