Egg question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dimi, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. dimi

    dimi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, all,
    I am building my incubator and planning my first (quail) hatch. Basic question: how do I store eggs that I plan on incubating before putting them into the incubator? Or how soon after the egg is layed it needs to be in the incubator?

    I do understand the embryo will not start develop until the temperature is not 100.5F and 30% humidity. Is it safe to keep eggs at room temperature for a couple of days until I have enough to put into the incubator?

    Thanks,
    Dimi
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Hi Dimi. You can store them for up to a week. Most folks do some rotation during that time, usually by putting them in an egg carton and lifting first one end and then the other to tilt the carton on a book. Lower temps for storage are better. I'm happy with 55 - 65*
     
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  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Embryos will begin develop at subnormal rates when the temperature reaches about 80o F (27 C) (SITED FROM: http://chickscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/resources/egg_to_chick/procedures.html) Humidity levels do not determine the start of developement, though they are detrimental in proper growth and hatching.
     
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