My 5 mth. old Bobwhite Laid an Egg! Anyone eaten their BW Quail eggs before?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quailchick, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. quailchick

    quailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so excited! We got our first egg! It is from our runt, the little bird I had to pick out of the shell because she was drying up inside. Her name is Slow Poke. We do not plan on eating the birds, we only have 4 total, 5 months old - 3 fm, 1male, and we won't be breeding them at this point. We are only going to eat the eggs. Has anyone else here eaten their Bobwhite Quail eggs? The egg is slightly larger than the eggs they hatched out of, and more pointed on both ends. The eggs they all hatched out of had a round bottom and a pointy top, not this egg. I immediately put it in an egg carton in the fridge.

    If you have eaten the Bobwhite quail eggs before, can you tell me how long they will last in the fridge before we have to eat them? I am saving this one, waiting for some more so our family of four can each have an egg. Kind of hard to share one egg between four people! LOL
     
  2. UndergroundQuailRoad

    UndergroundQuailRoad Out Of The Brooder

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    Should last you a while in the fridge(Weeks). Depending on the light availability, your hen will Probably lay every other day and once the others join in you can expect about a dozen a week. They will stop laying when day light wanes.
     
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  3. quailchick

    quailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She laid another one today! This time it looks exactly like the eggs they hatched out of. Maybe we will get one egg a day? We shall see!
     
  4. quailchick

    quailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    quailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. QChickieMama

    QChickieMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think when they begin laying, the eggs can be irregular-looking. We eat our bob eggs all the time. They're richer-tasting than chicken eggs but work fine for baking.
     
  7. quailchick

    quailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your post. How many do you get per hen/per day do you think? Slow Poke laid one yesterday and today....I know it's too soon to tell, but is it possible I will get one per day per hen?

    I was reading about how the commercial coturnix quail egg farmer washes their eggs in a bleach mixture and all sorts of sanitizing practices, I was just planning on cracking em open unwashed. Do you wash them and in what? I don't want to use bleach.

    I was planning on putting the quail eggs in some Japanese soup, can you share any other things you use them for? Thank you so much!
     
  8. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am stick with Coturnix quail. It start laying around 5-6 weeks.
     
  9. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your bob is a early layer... If I remember right, she was hatched this year? If so, don't look for the others to lay till spring in natural light conditions. I had one start early too last fall too, so it's not uncommon.
    The egg will be fine for eating for a long time. Weeks on the counter top in a carton, longer in the frig. Expect a egg a day from each hen for their season. That's after they get laying and all the kinks worked out.... All mine are on a natural cycle, they got going in May and quit about a month ago... I mostly pickle my extras, my bride bakes with them and my grand daughters and I snack on them boiled! Good luck, Bill
     
  10. quailchick

    quailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the info! They were hatched 5 months ago, in April. She was the one I had to pick out of the shell, is smaller than all the others and has a very different looking beak. She was abused by the other quail, so I had to put her in a cage alone.

    Do you think maybe it's because I live in California (warmer, more light)? I have them in a Northwest facing window, so they don't get early morning light there. No other place to put them, not allowed to have them outside.
     

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