Coturnix Quail

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hacharlton, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. hacharlton

    hacharlton Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2009
    I have one female Quail that is laying every day and a half. How long can I keep eggs before putting in the incubator. I do not want to just put a few in. I have 5 eggs now
  2. ozzie

    ozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2007
    I've heard that once the egg gets past a week old it reduces hatchability but from memory quail seem to be quite hardy. I've got a similar problem, a friend's dad only has 1 bob white female and 1 male and he's given me 14 eggs so 7 of them are past the week old stage, but I've popped them in anyway. Thing about quail is that their incubation is faster than chickens so you really only have 17-18 days to wait.

    I did pop them in together with some chicken eggs though - so it's not so empty looking in the bator. Also I think quail eggs are a lot smaller, so if you only have a few of them in a largish space, you might want to add some bottles of water as heat sinks.

  3. kingpincray

    kingpincray Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Palmerston North
    They can store for good 2 weeks if done properly. Keep them in the cool and keep them tilted in the opposite side once a day. I have even stored my bobwhite eggs for 20 days and it still developed.

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