Disaster day 14!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by donmhill, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. donmhill

    donmhill Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh no, sometime last night the bulb went in my home made incubator :(
    Went to bed last night about 10:00 and it was fine then but my partner woke me up at 6:30 this morning telling me the light was out.
    I've never gotten out of bed so quick that early before. Luckily i was playing about with the light inside the brooder yesterday so i quickly put the eggs under that light until i fixed the incubator.
    What do you think the chance of them hatching now are? They were without heat for a maximum of 8 hours :( I candled them a few days before and everything looked good then (one even moved inside). Shall i candle them tonight but i don't exactly know how to tell if their gone or not :(
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    They should be O.K. don't worry! There was a member here who's incubator lost power for 24 hours and the chicks hatched out fine. The heat loss can cause them too hatch a bit later than anticipated though. So keep that in mind at hatch day.
     
  3. donmhill

    donmhill Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks very much. I hope my little babies are ok in there :) lol
     
  4. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    I think they will be fine. The incubator was insulated right?

    Today I just got 3 lovely chicks hatch from under my Japanese Bantam. I was not expecting them to hatch - I now know the eggs are very tough things to kill!!!!

    at about 2 weeks into the hen brooding them we had a huge storm and her nest flooded. In the morning I went in and saw her sitting in the cold water, eggs half under the water and cold under her.

    I moved the nest and dried them. Thought they were dead, but would give them a chance.

    Then a week later some cat go into the coop and frightened the hens, and the bantams nest box fell over and the eggs were scattered over the floor. I found them in the afternoon.........the eggs were cold to the touch. I then thought they would never hatch, but I put them back in the nest.

    And now this morning a nice surprise of 3 healthy chicks running about in the run!!!!

    So I hope you eggs will be OK, they can take a lot of abuse!!!
     
  5. Snozzle

    Snozzle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many degrees did it drop? I had mine suddenly drop 5 degrees for no reason during lockdown on my last hatch, not sure how long it had been like that since it happened over night, but I still hatched almost all of the babies.
     
  6. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will probably be fine! Fingers crossed for you! Good luck!
     
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  7. donmhill

    donmhill Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes the incubator is insulated. I'm using a stryofoam box :)
     
  8. donmhill

    donmhill Out Of The Brooder

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    And the temperature was 22.5 celsius this morning :(
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    What happened?
     
  10. donmhill

    donmhill Out Of The Brooder

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    The bulb blew in the incubator sometime during the night :(
     

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