Been reading for a while and just pushed to finally post by my emergency here in freezing Scotland.
First hatch of some mixed Campbell duck eggs. I got home around 1830 this evening to find the power out since about 1600, the temp inside the incubator was around 10c - 50f and will have dropped fairly quickly when the power went off as we stay in an unheated caravan and its freezing outside.
I put the eggs on my belly and basically sat there for the past 5 hours keeping them warm with a tepid 38c 104f hot water bottle in a towel and my own body heat. When the power finally went back on I brought the incubator back up to temp and then candled them and put back in. Of the original 3 that looked pretty good with big air sacs I saw movement in them all....hurrah! Is that unusual or would you always expect them to survive a 3 hour drop of temp down to 50f with a nice slow return up to around 100f?
They went in saturday 4 weeks ago about noon so are about 12 hours away from being exactly 28 days in the incubator...
So is there anything else I should do now and how long can I expect to wait before they get though the shell? I expect they may be a little weak? But then they did survive being on my belly though several sneezes coughs and eating dinner so hopefully not too weak...
Anybody with any advice do please let me have it.