12 Years
Apr 15, 2008
Dunlap Illinois
I locked them down this morning - my incubator is home made and I use a variable voltage charger as the 12 volt power source to the thermostat.

Well 8am this morning I decided to clock down the computer fan & locked the incubator down. I dropped the voltage on the charger from 12 volts to 6.

I just checked the incubator now at 7:30pm & realized the 6 volts was not enough to power the thermostat. so when it shut off - it stayed off.

72 degrees - day 18 - almost 12 hours - I guess it would have taken several hours to drop - but oh man.

I know cold is better than hot - but for such a long time late in the hatch - I bet I lose most of them.



Broody Magician
Premium Feather Member
May 3, 2009
New Jersey
They should be fine. Developing chicks at that point in the game are quite hardy - hatch date may be extended a bit, but I think that if your eggs were viable to start with they will hatch, Good luck!

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