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Help - came in this morning to a 60 degree incubator!

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I'm a teacher and am hatching 6 eggs in a hova bator.  I've been doing a good job keeping the humidity up and the temperature steady.  This weekend, however, the church that owns the building our school is in turned the heat off - I had no idea that was going to happen.  I came in to find the incubator at 61.4 degrees.  I immediately did what I could to get the temperature back up.  I am very upset.

 

So I have two questions:

1. Will my chicks still hatch?  (they're at day 12 today)

 

2. How can I prevent this from happening again?  Can I insulate the incubator over the weekend?  I live too far away to bring it home.

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I'm a teacher and am hatching 6 eggs in a hova bator.  I've been doing a good job keeping the humidity up and the temperature steady.  This weekend, however, the church that owns the building our school is in turned the heat off - I had no idea that was going to happen.  I came in to find the incubator at 61.4 degrees.  I immediately did what I could to get the temperature back up.  I am very upset.

 

So I have two questions:

1. Will my chicks still hatch?  (they're at day 12 today)

 

2. How can I prevent this from happening again?  Can I insulate the incubator over the weekend?  I live too far away to bring it home.

That's a tough one. I'm assuming that the drop in temp was pretty much for most of the night. According to the Brinsea site, that temp puts it in the suspended development zone. Once warmed back up you could candle a couple and see if they are moving again. You still have a chance. 

Big question is how to keep them warm at night. Yes you can try to insulate the outside of the bator, I'm not sure how much it will help though if the room is getting  that cold at night. Is there anyway that you could use a heating pad under it at night?  Maybe someone will come along with better ideas....

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It's not overnight - at least that hasn't been a problem at all last week or the week before.  It was just this weekend - they turn the heat on during the day when there are people here.  Every other day I've come in and they've been completely fine.

 

That's why I didn't consider it was going to be a problem.  I'm super bummed. 

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It's not overnight - at least that hasn't been a problem at all last week or the week before.  It was just this weekend - they turn the heat on during the day when there are people here.  Every other day I've come in and they've been completely fine.

 

That's why I didn't consider it was going to be a problem.  I'm super bummed. 

Are they just turning the heat off for the weekends or are they going to start turning the heat off at night as well?  I want to say when my son was in head start, the church turned the heat off or down, depending what time of year, at night as well as the weekends.

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They do turn it down/off overnight but it's never been a problem before.

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So today is now day 23 and I'm not seeing any movement/pipping or anything.  I just checked them and the eggs seem pretty heavy, but still no idea if they are going to hatch.  Anything I can do to find out?  I already had them out for a bit longer than maybe I should have - though each was wrapped with a wet towel to be safe while I was looking them over.

 

I was going to wait until Monday (day 26) and then maybe crack them open with my class to see where in development they died.  Or should I wait longer?  Please help! 

 

I'm really especially bummed because these eggs were cream legbars - a breed I've wanted for a long time.

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Opened them up today.  They seem to have stopped developing at Day 9, which was Good Friday. 

 

That means the pilot light went out Thursday night and the incubator was at 60 degrees for 3 days.  =/  I'm super bummed.

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Opened them up today.  They seem to have stopped developing at Day 9, which was Good Friday. 

 

That means the pilot light went out Thursday night and the incubator was at 60 degrees for 3 days.  =/  I'm super bummed.

Sorry to hear that.

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