How long do fertile eggs keep?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by deadsilenced, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. deadsilenced

    deadsilenced New Egg

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    My buttons are laying, but I'm collecting them until I have enough to incubate. I was wondering, how long do fertile eggs last?
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    They can last a long time, but after about day 10-14 they start losing their 'hatchability'. Quail eggs seem to do better if they are at least 5 days old when set though. I would keep them no longer than 2 weeks before setting them.
    ETA: Just make sure to turn the eggs everyday.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2009
  3. deadsilenced

    deadsilenced New Egg

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    Thanks!
     
  4. d73

    d73 Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you keep eggs before setting?
    Room temp, a cool dark place, frig.?
     
  5. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have kept them cool and dark just at room temp or lower. I never put them in the fridge. I turn them twice a day. I have hatched them out after two weeks even, though the hatch rate was lower.
     
  6. QuailKeeper

    QuailKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i bought eggs from a guy who kept them on the counter at room temp. but he got 50-100 eggs daily . i did get a 7/8 hatch rate though.
     

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