Storing eggs for incubation

Discussion in 'Quail' started by kmueller07, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. kmueller07

    kmueller07 New Egg

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    Hello! I started my quail hobby with hatching eggs that I had purchased. I have a great male to female ratio and would like to try hatching some of my own. I keep reading that humidity needs to be anywhere from 60-75% while they're being stored and have seen temperature suggestions anywhere from 30-60 degrees. I will need to collect for 5-6 days to get the amount I'd like to hatch.
    How do you all store your eggs before incubation? Any suggestions on where to store or how to keep the humidity up with the temperature low enough would be great!
    Thanks!! [​IMG]
     
  2. teradragon

    teradragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    on an egg tray, big end up just at room temperature.
     
  3. kmueller07

    kmueller07 New Egg

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    so you don't necessarily worry about the humidity then?
     
  4. sniper338

    sniper338 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont worry about the humidity really... just temp... dont want them warmer than room temp.... in the 60's I find is fine with the batch I just did.... I set up my incubator.... and turn on the egg rack rotater deal only.... and just put them in the egg racks as I collect them each day... that way they get rotated with no effort from me... then when I had enough I put the lid on and turn the incubator on.... got a 100% hatch first try...
     
  5. pearson87

    pearson87 Out Of The Brooder

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    I do mine at 62 and also turn at least twice a day has worked well for me usually up to ten days...Then you really see the hatch rate go down...Me personally anyway on quail..
     
  6. teradragon

    teradragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not when storing, just with incubating... Unless your house is super dry...
     
  7. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The best way I have found to store them is a wine fridge. It lets you set the humidity and temperature. Some of the cheaper ones don't have humidity control so you just put a water pan in like it was an incubator. I try to keep my eggs around 55-60* and between 40-50% humidity. Humidity doesn't matter until it matters. If the humidity is too low it can damage the embryo or hamper its ability to hatch later, but unless you live in Tucson its probably not a big deal.

    Edit: If you do this DO NOT buy a new wine fridge. Keep an eye on craigslist and you can usually get one under $100 whereas the untils are $350-1000 at the store
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2014

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