105 degrees!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CarlieO, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. CarlieO

    CarlieO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I put 24 eggs in lockdown at about 10:30pm in a still-air incubator. The temp was about 99.9. I woke up at 4am the next day to go to work and checked on them and the temp was 105!! I immediately cracked the lid to let some of the heat escape but I'm not sure if it's too late. This is the first time using a still air and I've had a tremendously hard time getting the humidity up! It's been around 40-50% for lockdown. Now that the first few have hatched it's up to about 65%.

    That was 2 days ago. As of today (day 20) I have had 3 hatch and can see a few pips. This is not my first hatch (but the first one using a still-air). Usually by this time most of them have hatched or are at least rocking and rolling in the incubator. This is the first time I've used this particular incubator for lockdown.

    My question is did I cook the rest of them?

    If I see pipping is that a good sign that they still might hatch despite their apparent lack of 'rocking and rolling' like I've seen previously?

    The temp was that high for maybe 4 hours, too long, I'm sure.

    These eggs just seem too 'quiet.' Any advice or stories of success (or reality) are appreciated. Thanks a bunch!!

    PS: I am REALLY not liking still-air incubators at this point!!!
     
  2. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't like the still air that I used once. It was too hard to keep the temperature where it was supposed to be.
    Chicks don't always rock and roll. In fact I don't see it that often. If the temp didn't stay that way too long they may still be okay. I had it go to 106 once and I didn't know how long it had been that way. But I still had chicks hatch afterward.
     
  3. CarlieO

    CarlieO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad to hear you had success even with a high temp spike! Yeah I'm not too happy with a still air. I had to place eggs in the incubator at different intervals due to shipping schedules so I purchased a still air incubator just for lockdown (it was like $39, super cheap) but, you are totally right, the temp is nearly impossible to regulate! As is the humidity! I'm totally not a fan.

    Thanks for the reply!! I'm feeling a bit more hopeful now! [​IMG]
     

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