Originally Posted by LaurynRose
I woke up this morning and discovered my eggs were sitting in 82 degree weather. I went down and the bulb was out. I then opened it and it got down to 65. No telling how long it has been out. Is there still a chance they can make it.
1. Should I increase my temp above 102?
2. What are the chances they will make it?
3. Humidity was also at 82%, is that gonna kill them?
4. Should I rotate my eggs this morning?
5. Also the humidity was at 82 should I rapidly decades it? Is all hope lost?
What day are the eggs on? A lot will depend on what stage the eggs are on and how long they were at that low temp.
1) No. Raising the temp too high will be much worse that it being too low. Temps at even 104 for extended periods can kill the chicks. Bring the temps back up at a normal rate letting the eggs warm back up naturally.
2) It all depends, but I have heard of people having power outtages for 12-24 hours and the bators getting cool and still have a decent hatch.
3)The humidity going up to 82% won't kill them, the humidity staying at 82% and not letting the egg loose enough moisture will. Humidity is most important as an average and not at any given time. For more you can take a look at this: http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com/blog/throw-away-those-incubator-manuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity
4) Yes you should continue with normal rotation.
5) I would recommend as long as you aren't in a high altitude removing the water and checking the humidity levels running dry (as long as you are not in lockdown- if you are in lockdown then I wouldn't worry unless you see condensation on the bator,) and monitoring the air cells to know how to adjust. (More on this also in the link I gave you in #3).
Give them 12 hours to warm back up and become active again and give them a quick candle to see if there is still movement so you can put your mind at rest. Just expect that the hatch may be slightly delayed from the cold period and inactivity of development in the chick for any chicks that do make it.