Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop

  2. maryhysong

    maryhysong Songster

    Aug 24, 2012
    Claypool, Arizona
    I think Sally or some other folks had power outages due to snow storms and most hatches came out OK, some delayed a little if the power was out a long time.
  3. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Songster

    Lol. We were at a wedding last night, got in late to read your bad news. Woke up this morning to read more! I might have to stop sleeping!

    As for Philippines, you're selling me with every image. I might have to start up a private convo about that some time soon!

    Here's to a warm day for your 'bator, or speedy electricians.
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    i had a power outage with my first hatch.

    i put the bators in the car, ran the small inverter off the car battery

    if mrs oz has not taken it out of the car, we can hook it up when she gets there in an hour
  5. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    yup we had a week out, but we ran the generator four hrs on four hrs off! and that was day 2 to 9 or something! but thankfully we had a coal stove I could butt up to! but I lost a lot of sleep 4 hrs on 4 hrs off LOL AND she had a 100% hatch on the local eggs in it!

    Harmony's homemade cooler incubator with her fertile hatching eggs,
    TRYING to keep temps high enough when generator is off.
    We ran our generator on four hours and off for 4 hours.


    Road close for a WEEK!
    Still no way in or out, trees and wires untouched, both ways up n down. Met-ed can not give any est at this time, as they have crews in more populated areas first. Penndot says its a electric co job as all the wires are down too. Pics of first tree up and first one down was the pic this am I posted. : (



    Great time to read over IDEAS IF ELECTRIC GOES!!!

    NOTES: from
    What If the Power Goes Off?

    To understand more about embryo viability & temperatures
    Please refer to the following links….

    Some other ideas to help maintain heat in your incubator and great when you turn by hand is by adding some sterilized rocks,

    or even several sealed jars with warm water or small ziplock baggies with warm water to fill the empty incubator spaces.

    A full incubator of eggs always helps maintain a steady temperature even if it’s not good for your chicken math!

  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Thanks Sally

    from the article you linked

    "If power loss occurs when the eggs are near hatching, incubator temperature is less critical, but severe chilling will cause mortalities. It is preferable therefore to limit heat loss by keeping the incubator shut and raising the temperature of the room if possible. The metabolic heat from the embryos will keep them warm for quite a long time."

    just about what I am thinking

    still i hope the inverter is in the car.

    we will have a 2.5 liter diesel engine driving a 300 watt 110v inverter hooked up to a 110 to 220v inverter hooked up to a couple of lights - not exactly economical but effective.
  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    power is on

    total outage 1.5 hours

    no problem!!

  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    So Mrs Oz got to the farm.

    Being the woman she is, she decided to get straight into eggtopsies.

    Now, my wife is the quiet type, but she has been reading along. She reads every post I make in every thread.

    So.... when she started the eggtopsies on the cotournix, she did the ones that pipped and died first. 4 dead. then 2 more dead, Then one was alive. She kept going slowly, no veins healthy membranehopefully \. assisted hatch!! alive. she did a second - same thing! two alive. then eggs started rocking. holy mackeral!! the hatched ones eyes are not open yet - concerning....?

    i am not sure of the number but hopefully we will have some survivors. its day 19. i was faked out by the day 16 pippers, a super staggered hatch.
  9. bribre

    bribre Songster

    Apr 23, 2012
    Alberta Canada
    Sweet!! Way to go mrs oz!!! You rock!! :D

  10. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

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