Eggs still alive???Help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 77horses, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    It is day 3 for our chicken eggs in the homemade incubator! [​IMG] The temp. was a perfect 101 degrees F. yesterday and humidity was good so far. But today I had to move the eggs and the incubator, due to travel plans. So I wrapped the incubator up and closed the vents, so the heat would last longer. Then we drove in the van for about an hour. I did my best to keep the eggs warm by holding the incubator and covering it with blankets, hoping my body's heat would help. The temp. went from 101-about 80 degrees F. or a little less.
    As soon as we reached our destination and the car ride was over, I took the 'bator with the two eggs inside it and brought them inside. I then immediately hooked up the light again and placed the 'bator under it, like it had been before we traveled. The temp. was about 80 degrees F. when i started warming the bator with the lamp.
    Right now they are still warming.

    Are the eggs still alive??? [​IMG] I am really really worried that the loss of heat in the bator will kill the eggs! [​IMG] Will it effect the eggs badly? [​IMG] Thanks!
  2. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    how cold can they get before it kills the eggs? The temp. went down to like 70-80 degrees F. Is this really bad!? [​IMG]
  3. ~SunSetsWest~

    ~SunSetsWest~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    Central, Fl.
    I had the power go out two days ago with a bator full at different stages, I wrapped the bator in blankets and when the power came back on two hours later the temp had dropped to 85, all seems to be OK and 10 are hatching now. I have my feathers crossed that yours will be OK..
  4. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    actually, early in incubation they can get cool and be ok, it just delays the hatch. The one thing I would be concerned about is the fact that the bator had no oxygen. The eggs need fresh air and closing it up may have caused a problem. I would wait until day 7-10 then candle the eggs. For future reference the best thing to do is just to let it alone and not wrap it up. Just bring the bator back up to temp and it should be fine. Good luck

    there is a link somewhere that tells you what to do in a power outage, which would be similar

    edited to add that 1hr should be fine, but closing it up for extended times is a bad idea
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2008
  5. mark3208

    mark3208 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2008
    hens get off their nests for periods of time to eat,i wouldnt worry too much about it.
  6. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    Ok thanks! The temp. is rising and it's almost back to 100 degrees F. it's about 90 right now. [​IMG]

    I don't think i have to worry about the eggs suffocating, since the bator has lots of air vents. (some weren't even made on purpose! they are just little slits where the cover is.) But I think they will be ok. Thanks again! [​IMG]
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    The lower temp.for an hour. Should not be a problem. Now moving eggs in the travel will do more harm at that early stage of incubation.

    Try your best so they dont get shaken to much.

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