Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Shaun, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Shaun

    Shaun Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    SW Central Michigan
    Woke up this morning to NO electricity! Hubby ran out to start the generator, but incubator showed 75 degrees when it came back on. Not sure exactly where the temp is measured, but after some investigation, it seems the electricity was out about an hour and a half.

    I am SICK!!! [​IMG] We had such high hopes for this batch in the newer, better incubator. Is there ANY chance they are not all dead? They are quite tightly together and inbetween foam bumper pads, but still...

    Is there any way this late (due to hatch on the 1st) to tell if they're all dead, or should I just leave them in the incubator until the 2nd or 3rd?
  2. OmaBird

    OmaBird Songster

    May 10, 2010
    CA High Desert
    They will be OK. Trust me.
  3. PatS

    PatS Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Northern Califonia
    Really, I wouldn't worry, I'll bet they are fine. The heat wasn't off long and you discovered it quickly. Mama turkeys get off the nest to eat and drink, don't they? My chicken got off her eggs and went to the wrong nest for HOURS once, and when we discovered it, the eggs were cold. We plopped her back on them and every single one hatched just fine. They were even on schedule!

    Leave them in the incubator!
  4. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    They should be OK ~ I lost power this April for several hours, loaded the bator in my car, drove 5 miles to my parents for the evening then took them home again and still had a fairly good hatch (50% on shipped eggs)!
  5. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    I agree, I don't think that short of a cooling period is going to harm them at all.

    You might want to invest in an Uninterruptible Power Supply/batter backup unit for peace of mind. Mine cost around $70, and it will run my Brinsea for probably at least 12 hours or more, based on the 25 watt operating/45 watt peak power consumption of the Octagon 20 Advanced EX.
  6. Shaun

    Shaun Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    SW Central Michigan
    Thanks for the encouragement - I was afraid all was lost after everything we've done this time, including buying a different incubator finally trying to have a good hatch. We've attempted nearly 60 eggs (mostly shipped) in the last two years and have had 3 hatch, 2 of which died within a few days.

    Will leave them in the incubator and sing silly turkey songs to them hoping they will hatch after all. Will keep you posted - with pix if we get a hatch. But ONLY if some of the turkey eggs hatch - if all that hatches is the two chix, I"m gonna cry!
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010
  7. neener92

    neener92 Songster

    Aug 30, 2009
    They will be fine! I had a hen get off the nest for a whole day, then got back on the wrong nest a night. They are doing fine!
  8. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    I live out in the sticks and the power goes out everytime the wind blows! My bator runs from April through Sept and the power goes out for an hour or three with just about every clutch. Never been a problem.[​IMG]

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