After doing some research, I picked up an incubator at the TSC. The type they "normally" carry is the still air Little Giant, and they offer the LG automatic egg turners. I think in getting ready for "chick days" which is right around the corner, they have stocked up on Farm Innovators combo pack which has a circulating fan, egg candler and an automatic egg turner, so I picked one up. I did some test runs with water getting the humidity and temperature worked out, when I decided to place a regular egg in straight from the fridge. Here is where the 1st question finally comes up. Is it normal for the temperature to increase by 5 or 6 degrees when adding just one egg? The humidity dropped by 5 then leveled out, but the temp raised up and never dropped. I was perplexed as I was sure the temperature would initially drop from the cold egg before returning to 99.5. The other question I have: I'm reading posts where people are having fertilized eggs shipped and have an incubation rate somewhere in the 50% range. Is it typical for shipped eggs to have a 50% hatch rate? I'm looking at initially raising 8 - 12 quail. I'll be keeping the largest male for breeding, and all other males will be harvested for consumption when they reach maturity, with one as a backup stud in the event the 1st is too aggressive; 5 or 6 hens as egg layers, and 4 hens for fertilized eggs. That's the plan, so considering a 50% hatch rate, 24 eggs should put me somewhere in the neighborhood of what I'm expecting. If mother nature throws me a curveball and I get a better than 50% rate, then I'll take that as a bonus. Any thoughts would be appreciated, as I intend to purchase eggs as soon as the quail rails I have ordered arrive.