How long will my quail lay fertilize eggs without a male?

Orps

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I lost both of my male coturnix quail this week. 1 to a hawk and 1 to a dog. :( Lost last one yesterday.

I need to set some eggs in the incubator and hope I get a couple of males but I have chicken eggs in the incubator already so it's not possible right now.

So my question is how long do I have before my quail hens start laying unfertilized eggs? And how long will the eggs I collect right now will stay viable?
 
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Eggs will be fertile for about 14 days.

So sorry for your losses. It is never easy to lose them.
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It takes 5 days for a hen to lose its fertility. Then the eggs lose their fertility about 10 days after they are laid.
 

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