HATCHING DISASTER STORIES! What I learned!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pfmoore17, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. pfmoore17

    pfmoore17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ovey! What a hatch I just completed.

    I bought 10 Wheaten Marans Eggs on eBay in early July and received 12 beauties! BoY was I psyched!

    So, I let them sit for 12 hours and then put them in my ECO20 with the auto turner. Sometime around day 7,
    the power went off in the ECO20 but the auto TURNER kept working. I NEVER NOTICE THE BATOR WAS OFF! [​IMG]

    I HAD UNPLUGGED THE BATOR BY MISTAKE BUT DIDN'T REALIZE IT FOR 36 HOURS+!

    I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT! HOW STUPID OF ME! [​IMG]

    So, I plugged it back in, pulled my chin up and carried on. On day 11, I did a check and discarded 6 of 12 eggs that were clear.
    On day 18, 5 looked good and a 6th had quit so I tossed it. As I took that one out, it collided with a good egg and dented it
    good, an area the size of a dime! [​IMG]

    Oh gosh, what a mess. But I kept my head and got a dab of Elmer's Glue on my finger and lightly coated the dent and surrounding crack
    and put it back in the bator for lockdown.

    And prayed... [​IMG]

    And waited... [​IMG]

    And sent positive vibes... [​IMG]

    And today, on the 21st day, I awoke to find out of the 5 eggs, four hatched! [​IMG]

    So, never give up on a hatch if the power has gone out!
    And "a little dab of glue will do ya" on a dented and cracked egg!
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  2. corancher

    corancher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good news. Congrats on the new chicks.
     
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] What kind of glue did you use?
     
  4. pfmoore17

    pfmoore17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I said in the post I used Elmer's and I lied . It was Gorilla glue.
    The key is to use just a dab on the finger and spread it thin to cover the crack and dent, but not goop it all over the place.
    Even with the glue, the shell was 95% glueless ad thus could "breathe."

    And yes of, course the chick "zipped" across the glue area.


    REMEMBER, NEVER GIVE UP ON A HATCH! MY BATOR WAS OFF FOR OVER 36 HOURS, PROBABLY CLOSER TO 44 HOURS!

    Strangely, the hatch didn't take an extra day, but the chick continue to develop even in the absence of constant 99.5 degree heat.
    The temperature did get down to 75 degrees during this time. I do not know how quickly it dropped.
     
  5. askjcm2005

    askjcm2005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Looks like he said Elmer's Glue so I am assuming that would be Elmer's school glue. The white stuff kids always use...
     

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