UGH! The temp in our incubator was 104 this morning when I got up. It's a still air bator, and we have it set at 101-102 steadily. I don't know how it got up to 104. Do you think they chicks will have died??? Thanks in advance!
Temp was 104 this morning!!!!
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I'd give it some time, I had a few early spikes early on in the incubator period, the chicks were still alive when I candled on day 18. I'm currently on day 20 so hopefully they'll hatch soon.
Mine moved, I assumed it meant it was alive.
They should be fine. Remember still air hatching is higher and read at top of eggs. So your 104 reading meant the egg temp probably hit 102. Internal egg temp of 104 kills the embryo. I had problems last year with temp fluctuations then it dawned on me to hold the furnace temp constant. We have a programmable thermostat so would turn down at night. I know right? So silly of me.
Move your incubator out of the laundry room. Put in a better constant temperature room with well covered windows. Solar heating is a big problem too. I don't even bother trying to hatch come late spring or summer...temperature fluctuates too much unless controlled by furnace and blankets over that room's window. I suppose I could use the basement for steady temps but meh, one good early spring hatch works for us.
Good Luck and again, I'm betting your eggs are fine with that minor temp spike.