How late is too late to take my button quails 8 eggs to incubate myself? this should be day 4 or 5 of incubation but i havent seen Mrs Quail (or Mr either) sitting on the eggs for the last day or two. Is it too late to incubate them myself? Mrs Quail started out very broody, but seems to have given up! ive seen a couple of eggs rolled out of the nest and then next time i look theyve been rolled back into the nest again, so has she given up or not!? so frustrating, as shes usually a very good broody.