Heater in incubator went nuts overnight HELP!!!

cackleberries

Songster
11 Years
Dec 14, 2008
116
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Arkansas
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Im seriously worried about my peeps
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they were due to hatch 3/18 but sometime during the night the heater went wacko
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and when I checked them this morning it was 120+ inside. I last checked them yesterday eve about 7pm so it happened somewhere from 7pm -7am today.
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My lil ones are dead arn't they????
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This was my first hatch and im really SAD
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Shiningfeather

Songster
10 Years
Feb 7, 2009
505
2
139
hill country texas
I am so sorry for your loss.
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What type of bator do you have?? I have a LG still air and have been fighting mine to keep it right. I set it and had it right on the money for a week before I put my eggs in. It did great for about a week and now I have to check it about 30 times a day to make sure it is right and not to cold or hot.
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My hatch is due on the 17th of march.
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cackleberries

Songster
11 Years
Dec 14, 2008
116
0
119
Arkansas
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A LG still air with auto turner is what I have. I started 3 days early to set temp perfect put in eggs and made it to this point not a single glitch and now my poor babies
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When I candle how do I know if there still OK?
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yotetrapper

Songster
12 Years
May 3, 2007
2,516
23
223
North Central MS
They are dead IF the thermometer is right. The thermometer could be what went whacko. You can candle whenever to see if you see movement.

Dont let this sour you on hatching though...consider investing in a hovabator genesis or other thermostatically controlled incubators... you get that with the wafer style ones....
 

chicklady63

Songster
10 Years
Feb 10, 2009
227
2
111
Something like this usually happens at least once, (if you're lucky), in everybody's lifetime if you work with animals. I've made more mistakes than my fair share & some of those were my own fault. This wasn't yours - you had checked the situation out & everything was as it should be at the time. You just can't watch 24-7. It isn't practical. Don't beat yourself up & most importantly, don't give up! Replace the failing equipment and try again. I remember one time I thought my digital thermometer was reading 110, but the display was failing due to needing a new battery & the first zero was not showing up completely. I always keep two in there now -1 digital which also reads the humidity level & 1 old-fashioned mercury thermometer that the unit came with.
I hope your thermometer is just going bad & the babies are fine. Good luck to you.
 

Huny

Songster
11 Years
Nov 14, 2008
491
5
129
Sunny Southern Arizona
Make sure to candle them before doing anything. I was about to throw one out, but watched and after 30 seconds finally found movement (it's day 15 right now). They're not dead till they're dead
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