How long can quails' eggs be stored before incubation?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Quails1, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. Quails1

    Quails1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started collecting eggs from our blue-scaled quails last Sunday, June 12, and I want to know how long I wish to store the eggs before popping them into the incubator. Just how long should they be kept? A week, or 2 Perhaps more than that?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    A week at the most after that hatchability starts to really drop. I have hatched out quail eggs that were two weeks old and had 60% hatch and these were shipped eggs that had got lost in the mail.

    So you could store them longer but if you want the best hatch put them in 7 or less days.

    Good luck!!
     
  3. Quails1

    Quails1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Let's see if I can get any more suggestions from other users before this coming Sunday. Also, when the eggs are kept for more than 1 week, even though hatching rates will drop, will the eggs continue to hatch in the future?
     

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