Dozy hubby :/

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SarahIrl, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    877
    1
    131
    May 4, 2010
    West Cork, Ireland
    OK, he decided to cut the hedges last night, very commendable. So, he plugged extension lead in where my incubator is plugged in. He unplugged heater, not turner, didn't tell me and I just realised. Say 24 hours ago. They were sat Saturday. Any point in carrying on or shall I chuck them all out? I know day 3 is eye development time, so if anyone out there is really good at development times, please let me know if candling at day 7 and looking at eye development is useful or if my embryos are just about dead.

    I wouldn't mind, but I only set them as I have people begging for day olds.
     
  2. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,170
    40
    153
    Jun 29, 2011
    The Peak District, UK
    I'd keep going and candle them in a few days. You never know!
     
  3. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

    469
    0
    99
    May 18, 2011
    Dixon Missouri
    I say go with them. You should know something by day 10 for sure. May have lowered the hatch rate maybe not. They may just be a day or two behind. Broody hens aren't always perfect either. Things happen IMO I'd keep them and see what happens.
     
  4. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    877
    1
    131
    May 4, 2010
    West Cork, Ireland
    I am mainly worried that they will hatch and have major eye problems. I can't sell them then and won't keep them either. I don't wat to cull nearly 30 chicks.
     
  5. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

    469
    0
    99
    May 18, 2011
    Dixon Missouri
    Well look at it this way if you throw out 30 eggs and say 24 of them would have been okay your at a loss either way. It's up to you as it's your business. Maybe get another incubator and start another group just in case if you have that option.

    Eggs are a little forgiving. They have to be otherwise chickens would all be endangered [​IMG]
     
  6. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    I would definately keep going! those eggs can hold there own temp for a bit, and then there are so many stories of people who have had hatches (good hatches even) with power outages! Definately keep going!
     
  7. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    877
    1
    131
    May 4, 2010
    West Cork, Ireland
    Well I candled last night and a few are still alive, I guess they are the freshest eggs. I don't mark them with laid date (I suppose I really should) they go in the egg tray in order then put in the incubator where ever they fit. So, we'll see again Saturday, then I will chuck out all clears. I think he owes me dinner.
     
  8. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,170
    40
    153
    Jun 29, 2011
    The Peak District, UK
    Quote:Or a few new chickens!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by