Never hatched anything before. Have quail eggs coming on Friday (never raised quail before). I have chickens and chicks and read incubating forums for weeks. I am sorry to ask and not look it up, but research is starting to frustrate me.
It is going to be cold windy and raining all week. Highs in the 50 lows in the upper 30s/low 40s Will the eggs hold up at those temps in the mail?
Incubator has been acclimating a full day already, held at 100 all night. Going to town to get more thermometers and hydrometers because it seems you need as many different kinds as you can get and as many you can fit safely in the incubator. Oh need a wireless indoor/outdoor cause I have chicks in a small uninsulated coop outside in this nasty weather and want to keep a closer eye on them. Oh feed, those quail will need to eat something when they hatch.
This Wisconsin weather I tell ya. We go from a sunshine 70 to wind driven raining 40 degrees.
The eggs should be okay, as long as they don't freeze. Sounds like you are doing good!
I have had minor issues with cold eggs from the coops unless extreme cold/frozen, sometimes when it gets extremely cold and the eggs do freeze you should candle them to look for cracks, when you bring them in the cracks can easily be missed by our eye, but a candle you should see the small cracks. Brinsea ~ Temperature Guide and Optimal egg storage condition http://www.lohmann-information.com/content/l_i_46_artikel7.pdf
The temperature at the lower end of this range is sometimes referred to as ‘Physiological
zero’ - the threshold temperature for embryonic development. Unfortunately different organs
appear to have different thresholds resulting in an unviable entity.
Zone of suspended development (-2°C - 27°C/28.4 - 80.6°F)
Below about 27°C (80°F) no embryonic development takes place. Prior to incubation, eggs
must be stored in this temperature range (preferably around 15°C/59°F).
Zone of cold injury ( -2°C/28.4°F)
Below this threshold ice crystals will start to form in the egg and permanently damage may be
done to internal structures. Eggs may lie for some considerable time in temperatures close to
freezing without suffering damage.
Edited by BantyChooks - 4/26/16 at 7:33am