The Journey Begins: It all started when a shipment of quail hatching eggs was sent from Georgia to California, a distance that typically requires 2-3 days for transportation. Unfortunately, fate had a different plan in store. Due to a mistake of the postal service, the eggs were returned to New Jersey, adding an additional layer of complexity to their journey. After enduring a five-day travel period and over 5000 miles distance coast to coast, these eggs finally reached their unintended destination back to our main office.
Embarking on a journey from Georgia to California and then making an unexpected return trip to New Jersey because the Postal address of the customer in California was unavailable (according to the Postal Service), a batch of quail hatching eggs underwent an unconventional and challenging adventure. Despite enduring a total travel time that was twice as long as expected (6 days), these resilient eggs defied the odds and achieved a remarkable hatch rate of 40%.
In this blog post, we’ll delve into the story behind these eggs, highlighting the impact of their extended journey and the factors that contributed to their successful incubation.
A Waiting Period: Upon arrival in New Jersey, it was decided to let the eggs rest for an additional three days before beginning the incubation process. This waiting period was intended to allow the eggs to settle and recover from the stress of their long journey, as well to prove to customers who claim, that eggs are not fertile anymore after 5 days that it can be done without issues.
While it might have seemed counterintuitive to delay the incubation process, it turned out to be no issue.
The Power of Adaptation: Nature has a way of adapting to adverse conditions, and quail hatching eggs are no exception.
Despite their extended travel time and the resulting delays, these eggs displayed a remarkable resilience. They adapted to the circumstances they were presented with and thrived despite the odds stacked against them. It serves as a reminder of the incredible capacity of living organisms to adapt and overcome challenges.
The Importance of Incubation: After the six-day ordeal, the eggs were finally ready for incubation. While it was uncertain how the prolonged journey would impact the hatch rate, the results were surprisingly positive. With a hatch rate of 40%, these quail hatching eggs surpassed expectations. This achievement is a testament to the effectiveness of the incubation process, which plays a pivotal role in providing the ideal environment for the eggs to develop and hatch successfully.
The journey of these quail hatching eggs provides several valuable lessons for both breeders and enthusiasts alike. Firstly, it highlights the importance of resilience and adaptability. Nature has a way of surprising us, and sometimes, even under less-than-ideal circumstances, remarkable outcomes can be achieved.
This story serves as a reminder that success can be achieved even when faced with unexpected challenges. While the journey of these eggs was far from ideal, they managed to surpass expectations and demonstrate the incredible potential for life within them.
The quail hatching eggs that endured an arduous journey from Georgia to California and back to New Jersey without a single broken eggs, have provided us with an inspiring tale of resilience and surprising results. Now, when we are told, that foam shippers which are really not great for the planet is the safest method to ship eggs, we need to laugh. Our numbers and experiences like this show, the packaging method we have refined over 3 years, shows 50% less breakage than foam shippers, and uses materials which can be easily recycled.