darn it! hen left some eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by laughingllama75, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. laughingllama75

    laughingllama75 Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    I have a broody, who is an excellent broody and mom....she was setting on 14 eggs. She is in a corner behind a large dog crate in the barn, I left her there because it is quiet and out of the way. I knew I should have moved her......some of the eggs (6) rolled out of the nest and were cold tonight when I checked them. They are mottled frizzle cochins.... I was really hoping for a good hatch. I did put them back under her, but I am not hopeful for those 6. Poo........ [​IMG]

    edited to say they are on day 13.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2008
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Don't give up yet! Here's an exerpt from Gail Damerow's book:
    Info on power outages during Incubation.
    From- A Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow

    The more valuable your hatching eggs are, the more likely it is that the electricity will go out during incubation. If you have an uninterruptable power source (UPS) for your computer or other electronic equipment, consider disconnecting the usual equipment and using the UPS to power your incubator. If the outage comtinues beyond its capacity to keep your incubator running, or you don't have an UPS, open the incubator and let the eggs cool until the power goes back on.

    Trying to keep the eggs warm is likely to cause abnormal embryo development. Furthermore, if you close the vents or wrap the incubator with blankets in your attempt to keep eggs warm, a greater danger than temperature loss is oxygen deprivation. Developing embryos use up oxygen rather rapidly, and the oxygen level may soon fall below that necessary to keep them alive.

    As soon as the power goes back on, close the incubator and continue operating it as usual. The effect of the outage on your hatch will depend on how long the power was out and on how long the eggs had been incubated before the outage. A power failure of up to 12 hours may not significally affect the hatch (except to delay it somewhat), especially if the outage occurred during the early incubation, when cooled embryos naturally tend to go dormant. Embryos that are close to term generate enough heat to carry them through a short-term outage.
  3. Anne

    Anne Songster

    Feb 11, 2007
    Bellingham, WA
    I have had eggs that got stone cold hatch just fine (if a day late).

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