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Author Topic: How long can eggs keep before incubation?  (Read 4902 times)
« on: June 02, 2004, 10:33:33 PM »

My father bought his wife 4 quails about a month ago because she wants to breed them. The birds have produced about 20 eggs so far and she's been holding the eggs aside in a carton for the last 3 weeks without any sort of heating or rotation.  I don't know anything about breeding birds or incubating eggs but this can't be right. They both seem to think the eggs have the shelf life of a package of Sea Monkeys, and that as soon as they get around to buying an incubator and put the eggs in - Voila - they'll have instant quail babies.  How long can these eggs last before they start to rot or become unviable?
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2004, 11:49:01 PM »

For incubation purposes I was told that you can hold them for 7 days, after that the hatch rate goes way down.
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2004, 05:55:51 AM »

no more than 12 days . and turn them as often as you can.
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2004, 06:52:44 AM »

I keep mine about 7 days in a small apartment size refrigerator set at 58 to 60 degrees. the older they get the fertility drops quickly.
hope this helps
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