Gloom, Despair, and Agony On Me!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Orange Ribbon, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Orange Ribbon

    Orange Ribbon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel HORRIBLE. I've done called myself every name in the book, bad mouthed my electric and phone companies, and came close to chopping my incubator up with an axe.

    Some of you may know I ordered some chicken eggs last week. I bought the only incubator that is sold in my area which is the Little Giant brand. I have not been able to get that thing to regulate where temperature is concerned. I have had to keep an eye on that thing almost 24/7 since I got it, and I have even been up every night at various times to adjust it. I have done everything I possibly know to do to give those eggs a chance to hatch.

    Early last week our phones went out. Rain had gotten into the lines somewhere down the road. They fixed it Thursday.

    Friday I ordered a new incubator which I was hoping would be here Monday. I called Monday to get the tracking number, but they had not mailed it out yet. Yesterday I have still not received a tracking number so I called to remind them to send me one. The guy wasn't in the office, but said he would get it sent to me by email. At 4:30 PM I still had not gotten it so I tried to call. We had gotten another rain and the phone was out again.

    I got on this site earlier and I saw a post where someone had ordered the same incubator I am waiting on and it had gone bad after 21 days and the temps had sky rocketed to 140 F and stayed there. I thought, boy that sure is wonderful to find out. A couple others had responded who have the same incubator but they have had no trouble. Just then the power went out at my house. I had no phone to even call in the outage.

    When ever the power goes out here it is usually in the same area every time. There is a series of farms several miles away the power lines go through, and since it is a very isolated place the power company cannot get their vehicles in there. They have to walk in. Well, actually they do not even do that. They show up, determine where the problem is, then have contractors from another state come in and fix it. Very seldom is it fixed within 24 hours. I have to sleep with a C-pap machine which I can't use when there is no power. I have bad enough time sleeping from pain, but when the power is off I can't sleep at all. And besides all that, without power my incubator was dead.

    Thankfully Dad has a generator hooked up to run his house on during those occasions, so I ran down there to see if he was home. He was, he got it going and said for me to bring my incubator down. So I went to the shop and put it on the front seat. Lacey sat on the back seat with her hand on it to make double sure it didn't slide off into the floorboard. I drove 1 MPH all the way to Dad's, got it set up on a coffee table, and it was actually holding temperature for a change. Around midnight I decided to check it. It had gotten a little low, so I adjusted it. I got up to step outside and the cord got hung on my shoe and pulled the incubator off into the floor! Eggs scattered everywhere. Ten of them got busted, and there is no way to know if the rest of them didn't die from the fall. Needless to say, I was devastated. All that work, all that loss of sleep, all the waiting for eggs, and a new incubator--all down the drain.

    I put the unbroken eggs back in the incubator along with 3 that are cracked. Took me half an hour to get the thing going near the right temps again. I broke open the remaining 8 eggs and 5 of them were not even fertile. The other three had little baby chickens in them about 1/4 inch long or so.

    I just got back to the house and the power came on. I am thinking I am cursed where these eggs are concerned. But if I do by a miracle have one egg to hatch it will have to be one tough little chick. It would be just my luck to step on the little booger and kill it.

    Well, do any of you think there is a chance any of those eggs will hatch?
     
  2. Shannon33

    Shannon33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my gosh, I feel so bad for you!
    Although it probably doesn't look good, I wouldn't completely give up hope. I read a post on here not too long ago where someone had unstable temps, and then their cat knocked over the incubator and broke some eggs. I think she still had a few hatch after all of that.
     
  3. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know some of what you are going through. I just dropped one of mine and it hit two others on the way down.

    Edited to say: Sorry, I forgot to add that I hope that the rest hatch for you.
     
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  4. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my word - what a story! But from what I have read on this forum, eggs seem to be tough packages and have hatched after going through worse things so don't give up on them yet. As you said, if any of them hatch, they will be tough critters for sure and certain. I know the trials and tribulations of being too far out in the country and having phone lines that go out when it rains and being at the end of the power line so when the power goes out, we are always the last to get ours back on. I'm sending good thoughts to you and your eggs - hang in there and be safe.
     
  5. Stingrayg4

    Stingrayg4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's pretty bad run of luck you're having there. Don't give up!

    -S
     
  6. LuvMyBLR

    LuvMyBLR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awwww I'm so sorry! This just seems like a stream of bad luck for ya [​IMG] But you still have some in there, and all you can do is your best! I'm sure you'll get some chickies! [​IMG]
     
  7. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    Your subject line certainly caught my attention. Some of my fondest memories as a youngster were Saturday nights watching Hee Haw.

    I am sorry to hear your bad run. I have 3 of the small bators and since I never had very good hatches, I talked my hubby into letting me get a Sportsman and I love it!

    Eggs can be tough once they have started developing, so maybe you will still get a few. What kind do you have that you are trying to hatch?
     
  8. Orange Ribbon

    Orange Ribbon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks everyone for the encouragement.

    Minniechickmama, I had 19 Speckled Sussex and 7 Delaware eggs. Oh, I used to watch old Hee Haw every week too. BR-549! [​IMG]

    I have tried all week to get the incubator company to give me a tracking number and they have not done it yet. I was told it should arrive no later than today. Well, I called the post office and my incubator did not come in today. Sorry for the long post. I just had to get all that off my chest.
     
  9. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    That is what we are here for [​IMG]
    Where did you get the bator from? It shouldn't take so long to get one delivered. I would complain if they said it would be there and it isn't. Did they give you a tracking number? Doesn't sound like such a good company to deal with to me.
    Remember with those small bators, just a slight adjustment on the knob will cause a significant change in temp, so be very conservative with it. And DON'T ever get a Brower Top Hatch if you don't want to have to mess with temp problems!

    Good luck. I hope you get at LEAST a couple of each.
     
  10. Orange Ribbon

    Orange Ribbon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The incubator I ordered is the Reptipro 5000 from Incubators.org Normally I wouldn't bad mouth anyone, but they done got on my bad side now. I ordered the incubator from them on Friday and was told it would be shipped Monday and arrive Tuesday or Wednesday. I'd be given a tracking number by email when it shipped. Monday no tracking number. I called post office yesterday and today--no incubator. I called Incubators.org. Left a message that I was aggravated and I wanted that number. I just got online a few minutes ago and I got the number. Called the post office. No record of it ever being received or shipped, only that postage was paid for online Sunday night.

    So, my dilemma deepens and the plot thickens. I'm just stuck and can't do a thing in the world about it. But if it isn't here by tomorrow, I might just drive down there and pay those people a visit. I don't have anything else to do, and I think they need to learn some customer service lessons. Won't they be surprised when a great big guy comes rolling in there in a wheel chair crying his eyes out, blabbering on and on about his poor helpless chicken eggs. [​IMG]
     
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