Where to store quail eggs

Discussion in 'Quail' started by rosco, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. rosco

    rosco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is the storage temp for eggs? House is 70F. Refrig is too darn cold. it is 100F outside.

    as most people with small breeding projects, i'm saving up eggs for seven days and then setting them in batches. i'm doing this b/c i've heard it is best to keep age groups separate. older ones kill younger ones.

    I remember JJ saying to "set" before seven days, or on day seven at least.

    if all that is good, where in the house can i find the proper storage temp for eggs so they don't go bad?
     
  2. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    60 degs would be better... some use the basement but I dont have one. Mine sit on the kitchen table, You'll be fine... Bill
     
  3. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For internal use! At 70F counter top for 5-7 days is fine! You can turn them if you like.

    It really depends on how many eggs you get and how many chicks you want to hatch.

    At least that's how I account for things around here. [​IMG]
     
  4. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually keep them in my great aunt's basement.[​IMG] Just across the street and it stays cold and keeps a consistent temp for the incubator.
     
  5. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's 70 + I'm pretty sure that they can start to develop. I would try to stay lower if you can
     
  6. gamebird fever

    gamebird fever New Egg

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    I alays keep mine in the root cellar. Cool , dark, and high humidity. Best thing i've found.
     
  7. rosco

    rosco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks All!

    FeatheredObsessions, this is the rule of thumb for chickens, but is it w/ quail?

    the coldest place above refrigerator temp that we've access to is in closet. 70-73F. i know of few people in the area w/ basements. Heck, the closest basement that i know of is ~20 miles away. unless i get a really bad hatch, i ain't running out there.

    i'll just have to see how the hatch goes.
     
  8. MyKidLuvsGreenEgz

    MyKidLuvsGreenEgz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cold water in a freezer baggy in a freezer baggy in a freezer baggy in a styrofoam cooler. Eggs also in the cooler. Thermometer in the cooler. Cooler in a bathtub that's never used. Check periodically (like when you're adding more). Sometimes you won't need the cold water.
     
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:THATS AN AWFUL LOT OF WORK ( AND BAGGIES!) WHEN THEY WILL DO JUST AS WELL ON THE COUNTERTOP IF YOUR HOME IS AIR CONDITIONED.

    I PERSONALLY STORE EGGS MINIMUM 3 DAYS, MAX 7... SEEMS THEY DO A TAD BETTER WITH A LITTLE AGE ON THEM? HATCHABILITY WILL REMAIN THROUGH DAY 9 AND STARTS TO DROP OFF SHARPLY AT OR JUST AFTER DAY 10.

    NO A/C? I THINK I WOULD BE STORING 3 DAYS AND SETTING MORE/ SMALLER BATCHES

    I HAD A CHANCE TO EXPERIMENT WITH REFRIGERATED EGGS A WHILE BACK... I GOT A BATCH OF EGGS LOCALLY THAT HAD BEEN KEPT IN THE FRIDGE. AT THE SAME TIME I RECEIVED A BATCH OF EGGS SHIPPED IN FROM MONARC23... BOTH WERE CLEARLY MARKED AND SET IN THE SAME INCUBATOR SIMULTANOEUSLY. EXACT SAME TREATMENT THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE INCUBATION AND HATCH. THE RESULTS WERE THE SAME... 50%+/- HATCH ON EACH, BUT THE VARIANCE IS THE REFRIGERATED EMBRYOS ENDED UP WITH A VERY HIGH POST HATCH MORTALITY RATE. WHILE I LOST 1 OR 2 FROM THE SHIPPED EGGS I LOST 14 OR SO FROM THE REFRIGERATED EGGS = OBVIOUSLY I HAVE NO IDEA OF HOW THE EGGS WERE TREATED BEFORE THEY CAME INTO MY POSESSION, BUT EGGS LOCALLY COLLECTED AND DRIVEN SOME 8 MILES OR SO BY ME IN MY PRIVATE AUTO VS SHIPPED 1400 MILES OR SO BY UPS (NOT USPS). SO REFRIGERATION IS AN OPTION BUT NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD 1 IF YOU'RE AFTER MAX NUMBER OF CHICKS FROM INCUBATED EGGS, OR SQUEAMISH ABOUT POST HATCH MORTALITY
     
  10. rosco

    rosco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:THATS AN AWFUL LOT OF WORK ( AND BAGGIES!) WHEN THEY WILL DO JUST AS WELL ON THE COUNTERTOP IF YOUR HOME IS AIR CONDITIONED. --- Agreed!

    I PERSONALLY STORE EGGS MINIMUM 3 DAYS, MAX 7... SEEMS THEY DO A TAD BETTER WITH A LITTLE AGE ON THEM? HATCHABILITY WILL REMAIN THROUGH DAY 9 AND STARTS TO DROP OFF SHARPLY AT OR JUST AFTER DAY 10.

    NO A/C? I THINK I WOULD BE STORING 3 DAYS AND SETTING MORE/ SMALLER BATCHES

    I HAD A CHANCE TO EXPERIMENT WITH REFRIGERATED EGGS A WHILE BACK... I GOT A BATCH OF EGGS LOCALLY THAT HAD BEEN KEPT IN THE FRIDGE. AT THE SAME TIME I RECEIVED A BATCH OF EGGS SHIPPED IN FROM MONARC23... BOTH WERE CLEARLY MARKED AND SET IN THE SAME INCUBATOR SIMULTANOEUSLY. EXACT SAME TREATMENT THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE INCUBATION AND HATCH. THE RESULTS WERE THE SAME... 50%+/- HATCH ON EACH, BUT THE VARIANCE IS THE REFRIGERATED EMBRYOS ENDED UP WITH A VERY HIGH POST HATCH MORTALITY RATE. WHILE I LOST 1 OR 2 FROM THE SHIPPED EGGS I LOST 14 OR SO FROM THE REFRIGERATED EGGS = OBVIOUSLY I HAVE NO IDEA OF HOW THE EGGS WERE TREATED BEFORE THEY CAME INTO MY POSESSION, BUT EGGS LOCALLY COLLECTED AND DRIVEN SOME 8 MILES OR SO BY ME IN MY PRIVATE AUTO VS SHIPPED 1400 MILES OR SO BY UPS (NOT USPS). SO REFRIGERATION IS AN OPTION BUT NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD 1 IF YOU'RE AFTER MAX NUMBER OF CHICKS FROM INCUBATED EGGS, OR SQUEAMISH ABOUT POST HATCH MORTALITY

    Thanks JJ!

    THis brings me back to something i'm either not getting or can't figure out. If i stagger the hatch every three days and I can't combine age groups until they are sexually mature (?) then i must have hundreds of brooders. that is a new brooder every three days. I've two brooders (2'x2' & 1/4" mesh); one brooder (2'x2' & 1/2" mesh) and one grow-out pen (2'x4'). i've want maximum production out of these cages. what do you recommend?

    Thanks, Again!
    rosco

    ps. good info on the refrigerated eggs. i see people posting that they've set eggs from grocery stores. i wonder if they've been refrigerated. that is not important for me now though.
     
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