"Holding" quail eggs before hatching

Discussion in 'Quail' started by bietsch624, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. bietsch624

    bietsch624 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone tell me how long you can hold quail eggs until you have enough to hatch? Also, what condition should they be kept; i.e. temperature. humidity, light... I have 20 in the incubator now; day 4 and am hoping for the best.
     
  2. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:You will read from several sources that hatchability starts decreasing greatly after 7 days. However, when I set my eggs, I write the date on the top with a pencil, and you'd be surprised how many of the 1-2 day-old (fertile) eggs that don't hatch..........and how many of the 10 day-olds that do! My house has conventional flooring, meaning it's off the ground, and under-penned. I have an easily accessable door that allows me to put them under the house (where nothing can bother them), and where the temp stays very cool .......in the 60's even in August, and the humidity stays on up there, too. My hatch rates are VERY satisfactory!
     
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  3. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your girls in full production yet Randall? Aint heard nuthin out of ya for awhile.... Bill
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I've always read that they hatch better if they are at least 5 days old, I always store eggs for up to a week if I'm setting them myself.
     
  5. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:Oh yeah, they're churnin'em out. Been using them for pickleing so far till they get full blast, and giving folks around here some for hatching/pickling. I'm about to load the bator in about a week or so. Just been trying to get my "my house in order" so to speak with bators, pens, and such. Man, when you build a bird pen, you build a sho-nuff-condo bird pen. Dude, you gonna make me "kick it up a notch" on my pen buildin'..... [​IMG]
     
  6. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats the second and last like it. I kicked the 3rd one back to one side. But I have studied your set up you got fine pens, as long as a train and in there own shed. Its too late to get humble, I saw your pix. But thanks just the same. Good to hear from ya my friend... Bill
     
  7. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:Hey, those pens of yours belong in a real estate flyer, Bill..........LOL....... I drop in every now and again, but between work, Little League ball, and everything else in between, my computer time is cut short, this time of year anyways. Take care, and keep up the world-class construction. [​IMG]
     
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