No Rest for the Wicked
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- Nov 7, 2015
This might help those worried about power outagesIn my experience, eggs going cold for a short period of time doesn't necessarily mean death for the embryo. I'm sharing this to help ease everyone's mind in case something happens while incubating.
I've experienced several instances where eggs have gone cold, from 8 and 12 hours to 60 hours and I've had embryos survive and hatch successfully. The embryos may not be moving if you candle while they're cold, but once the eggs are brought back to incubating temperature, they begin moving.
They are very cute!First of the three “failed“ broody chicks hatched today. Both parents are paint in color, little one looks like it’s going to be all black. The other two eggs are about a day behind developmentally, so this one will have to hang with a stuffed animal for now.
Also found this cute little mini feeder at the local feed store to replace the paper plates. The six day olds are incredibly messy. View attachment 2874177 View attachment 2874178
If the power goes out within the first day or so, the eggs go back to the pre incubation state. They will pick back up on incubation when the incubator gets back to temp. They can go days or weeks like that!I know the brief temp drop wouldnt affect my hatch, but 60 hrs?! Wow thats crazy and good to know! I was disappointed that an incubator that a lot of people rave about (for price point) already had issues after only 3 days. What do you think about extreme and frequent fluctuations in temp +/- 2 degrees ? Seems like that could be worrisome?
I was surprised. I have a post on BYC about the eggs. I wanted to track the 60-hour chick/hen. She appeared normal and healthy but I was concerned about how the delay may affect her longevity. Unfortunately, I came across her body with a small type falcon beside her in the run.
That's incredibly unfortunate that the incubator gave trouble that soon. Are you concerned about the incubator experiencing fluctuations? I haven't experienced that type of fluctuation but the median temperature of the eggs shouldn't be affected to that extent, even with the wider variance. In comparison, the hens here setting on nests in the nest boxes get disturbed for 4-8 hours while they kick each other out trying to share the same nests. This never seemed to affect the hatches. (I mark the eggs that are being set on, otherwise, I have no idea what's going on.)
Consistent low temps in an incubator can be lethal for embryos. I have experience with this. My incubator was set too low a couple of times and I lost the majority of the hatches. It was purchased eggs too. (I had picked them up and transported them myself)