8" of water in the basement = floating incubators!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bantam Chase, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Bantam Chase

    Bantam Chase Songster

    Jul 11, 2011
    SC PA
    Today when I went to my parents (where the incubator is set up) I was expecting to bring home a few chicks to the brooder... I SOOOOOOOOO did not expect to have 8" of water in their basement. The 'Billy'Bator cooler-hatcher was floating, so were 3 chicks. One had pipped and drowned, another had broken the shell but not the membrane (yet) and was fine. Yet another has pipped since they've been on dry land. I have copper marans due to start hatching any day that were in the same cooler, we'll see what happens there - I have no idea how they were developing since they're too dark for me to candle.

    My LG was tilted to the side and the lid half-off... I have no idea how the power stayed on in both machines, but now my thermometers are both fried. I'm taking them HOME tonight - hell with the 'safe' and 'stable' basement at my parent's. They've had two 5-hour power outages and now this... I'll chance the move!
  2. Oh, that so sucks! I hope that at least some of them make it...
  3. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Sorry to hear that. This rain is really getting old. I'm in Dover and we have had 9 inches in the past 2 days!
  4. Melissa Rose

    Melissa Rose Songster

    Aug 14, 2011
    South Texas
    Wow what a shame you cant send the rain down here to South Texas - it's so dry here fires are spreading everywhere!!!! I hope your marans hatch!
  5. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Good luck with the move. Hope the remaining eggs hatch!
  6. luckypickens

    luckypickens Songster

    Aug 20, 2010
    Danville, AR
    Quote:Oh how awful I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I lost a lot of my birds in the flood of 2008 I cried for days over all I lost. Hugs and prayers going out to you and hopefully you will do better the next time.[​IMG]
  7. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

    Jun 13, 2009
    Diamond, Ohio
    That's horrible!!!! perhaps maybe we all should hatch ducks for now on.
  8. NancyP1

    NancyP1 Chirping

    Jul 26, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Sorry about your eggs. Here in upstate NY we have been wet for weeks! Power outages have been brief for me, not so good for others though. Good luck with your eggs!
  9. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Quote:We would love to send you this rain! We got 3 more inches over night and they are predicting at least 3 to 4 more inches today. [​IMG]
  10. Bantam Chase

    Bantam Chase Songster

    Jul 11, 2011
    SC PA
    I have no idea how or why, but I have 5 healthy cochin chicks in the brooder (I was expecting 6 or 7 to hatch) and so far 3 marans have pipped pea-sized holes in the shells (today is their day 20). News says we've gotten 13" of rain in the past week - I've never seen flooding around the area (or in the basement!) like this. Even if I end up with 8 chicks out of 23 shipped eggs, 2 power failures and a flood, I think that's a pretty good percentage.
    Lets hope the next batch that hits the hatcher is much less exciting!

    Now I need good 'flood' names - Lee is a given, so is Bob, any other ideas?

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