Don't worry kim--the battery will work fine. The Genesis is designed for it. Here is a video:
The worst that will happen is the egg turner will stop--that won't be a problem though. they will turn about one less time in the day which won't hurt them. Yours will be one day from lock down at that time.
Thanks for the generator offer! It I have a problem with the battery backup, I will take the incubator to work with me.
Ron, you are definitely a hatch-a-holic! And I'm glad.
I think the power outage is due to my Dorking curse. Every time I try to increase my flock, something bad happens.
Yellow House was just talking about the power going out during incubation. He liked your battery idea and said:
"By all means, if he can do that, go for it! However, yes, if the power goes out, the eggs can stand cool to an extent. It has happened to us on a couple of occasions. One evening I even took eggs out to go into the hatcher and got distracted. Not the following morning, but the one after, I saw them on the work bench and panicked. I ran outside and threw them under a broody game hen, and half of them hatched!
If you have to face a day without power:
- Don't open the doors!!!!
- Depending on the type of incubator, wrap it in good blankets---be aware of all fire danger with the blankets should the power come back on!!!!! and do not plug the ventilation!
- Lot's of prayers to Saint Anthony "
My husband is a General Building Contractor and is very possessive of his tools. I can't even use them without permission first. I asked to borrow one of his little generators for you. He wouldn't answer me, just had a blank stare on his face. So I guess that's a no.
Is this a Hobby or a way of Life? Chickens: Australorp, Barred & Partridge Rock, Hatchery & Heritage RIR, Golden Comet, Marans, Easter Egger, Silver Gray Dorking, Basque Hen, Partridge Penedesenca, Olive Egger and UofA Blues