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HOW LONG CAN MY EGGS/INCUBATORS go without power??

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Of COURSE I have some GREAT eggs. And of course there were really bad storms in the area last night...but the power didnt go out till today.  Out 30 min and temp already 82 in bators. (and no I have not opened them)  Power co says no power for about 3 more hours.  How long can the eggs go without power??

13 Equines, 10 dogs, 1 22 year old cat, 3 aquariums,  2 feral peacocks, 5 guineas, Umpteen quail, Fertile Myrtle Muscovies, I stopped counting my chickens before (and after) they were hatched a long time ago-92..129...how many in the brooder??  No kids, HUSBAND WANTED, must have tools, fencing, and a sense of humor!
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13 Equines, 10 dogs, 1 22 year old cat, 3 aquariums,  2 feral peacocks, 5 guineas, Umpteen quail, Fertile Myrtle Muscovies, I stopped counting my chickens before (and after) they were hatched a long time ago-92..129...how many in the brooder??  No kids, HUSBAND WANTED, must have tools, fencing, and a sense of humor!
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post #2 of 6

I don't really know, but I'd put some blankets over the bator to help hold in the heat--leave some of the vent holes clear though. fl

post #3 of 6

We've lost power with our hatches for up to 2 hours before, and they did fine. We just put some blankets over the bator. Infact we've had a hatch that has experienced two outages before and still made it. smile

currently breeding Araucanas, Tolbunt Polish, and Shamos --- occasionally Olive Eggers
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currently breeding Araucanas, Tolbunt Polish, and Shamos --- occasionally Olive Eggers
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post #4 of 6

A backup power supply of some type might be a really good investment.

I just bought a Brinsea Octogon 20 Automatic incubator with water pump.  It takes 25 watts constant and 45 watts peak.

I have one of those Black and Decker Power Stations that are based on a 12 volt battery and have standard 110 volt outlets.

There is enough juice in one of those to run an incubator using that type of power draw for probably 24 hours, I'm guessing.  I tested the dumb thing when I bought it, and it ran a 13 watt CFC light bulb for almost 2 days.

post #5 of 6
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It now been 4 hours...I just fired the generator will combine eggs in one bator and plug em in.  Never thought of that black n decker thingy...I even OWN one....(but its not charged)  Glad to hear other eggs have survived outages!  makes me hopeful.  Thanks!  Now I have to worry about the brooders with dark (cooler) coming on.

13 Equines, 10 dogs, 1 22 year old cat, 3 aquariums,  2 feral peacocks, 5 guineas, Umpteen quail, Fertile Myrtle Muscovies, I stopped counting my chickens before (and after) they were hatched a long time ago-92..129...how many in the brooder??  No kids, HUSBAND WANTED, must have tools, fencing, and a sense of humor!
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13 Equines, 10 dogs, 1 22 year old cat, 3 aquariums,  2 feral peacocks, 5 guineas, Umpteen quail, Fertile Myrtle Muscovies, I stopped counting my chickens before (and after) they were hatched a long time ago-92..129...how many in the brooder??  No kids, HUSBAND WANTED, must have tools, fencing, and a sense of humor!
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post #6 of 6

My power went off for 14 hours once during a storm and they hatched just fine.I have a Hovabator 1602N,still air incubator.

Andy J

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