HELP!Electricity out for 3.5 hours eggs at 79F for 1.5hs is it ruined?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bock, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beleive it or not, this morning a turkey got tangled up in the telephone wires and coused the electricity to go out for 3.5 hours [bless its little soul!].I did my best to keep the eggs warm by covering the incubator with towels, but it still dropped to 79 degrees!After an hour I put some boiling water in canteens and placed them in the bator, this raised the temp to 96 degrees. Will my chickens still hatch?[​IMG]
     
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  2. selinagil

    selinagil Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think they will be ok--- if the temp drop was not at 79 for a really long time the nthey should be fine---a broody hen will get off of the nest for 20 mins or so a day to eat and poop so it could probably get that low in nature and be fine. Good Luck--keep us posted. [​IMG]
     
  3. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    They very likely may be fine, so don't give up on them. I've had hens pushed off the nest and eggs cooled to 45°F for an hour or more and they hatched just fine. Might take a little bit longer, is all.
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  4. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should be fine, you may have a casualty or so, but the main thing is give them an extra few days to hatch. Poor Turkey?![​IMG]
     
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bator is warming up again and is now at 99.2Fwith 56% humidity.The eggs are 3 days old and and all 9 have healthy embryos so far!!!Thanks so much for all the positive comments![​IMG]

    P.s 5 of the eggs have detached air cells.Can they still hatch,should I prop those ones up the last 3 days?Any comments will help,thanks!!![​IMG]
     
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  6. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

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    My electric was out ten hours I walked the incubator across the street they were on a seperate line about a 100 yards had a great hatch -- You have hope ---
     
  7. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may want to read this info https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=113681&p=3 about humidity, yours sounds like it's too high for the early stages. 55% is what it should be the last 3 days. I linked the 3rd page of the thread, the top post on that page (by Wheaties) I found particularly helpful.

    When I tried incubating with humidity as high as you have, I lost all but 1, out of 13. There may have been other factors, but when I incubated at lower humidity prior to that, I had much better hatches. I have a batch cooking now, starting humidity staying around 27%-28%.

    I've never had one with a detached air cell. Are your eggs in an auto turner, laying sideways, or what?

    In my turner, the eggs are placed upright.
     
  8. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My eggs are just laying on the wire on the bottom of the bator, I turn them at 7 A.M,5 P.M, and 9 P.M.The reason the air cells are detached is because I had them shipped from Murray Mcmurray.

    P.s humidity in the 50s works great for me, I raise it to 63% the last 3 days:D
     
  9. tofuranch

    tofuranch What Came First????

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    The night of Christmas we lost power for 14 hours,the eggs had just been put in a couple of days before and 21 out of 24 hatched out...so just keep them in there and hope for the best
     
  10. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will be fine and you probably not even tell a difference..[​IMG]
     

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