HELP HELP HELP.... I think I killed them all....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AnniesEggFarm, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....... So the last few days I have had ants in my incubator.... Yes, ants.... Tons and tons of ants, no idea were they came from, I live in Vermont and there is still snow on the ground!!! This morning I looked in and there were so many ants that I decided I needed to clean out incubator since I was nearing day 18 and wanted everything to be perfect...... Sooooo, I put them in a bath towel and let the blow dryer blow over them, on low.... Well in the 5 minutes it took me to clean incubator out, eggs got so hot I couldn't even touch them..... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] ..... It took them about 10 minutes to cool off... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I candled them and see no movement [​IMG]
    This is my first attempt and have made more mistakes than known to man, I am ready to give up, I don't want to wait a few more days for them to start stinking.... What is your honest opinion??? Can I chuck them all.... I am so so so sad! [​IMG]

    Jenn
     
  2. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I am pretty new to incubating myself so I can't give much advice but I am really really sorry! I know how you feel to ruin (or maybe ruin) a batch of eggs......it is heartbreaking but just learn from mistakes and the next batch will be better for it..... [​IMG]
     
  3. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you... Hindsight is great... I hate learning the hard way...
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hens get off the eggs and they cool a bit. Just layering them in a towel would have been good enough.

    Put them back in and candle them this evening and look for movement.

    Sometimes they can handle a heat spike.
     
  5. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello.. 1st incubation attempt is tough! Stop beating yourself up. If they were that hot to the touch and you see no movement, I would chuck them and start over. Next time.. the towel would be fine by itself to keep them warm a few minutes. No more hairdryer. Sorry, I have had failed incubation attempts, I feel for you! [​IMG]
     
  6. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought it would take me longer to get it done.... It is so cold in my house this morning.... I really don't have any excuses, I thought about just using just a towel.... It was just a very dumb idea that went bad, like must dumb ideas do!

    jenn
     
  7. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    at day 18, you may not see any movement, as they are packed in pretty tight.

    don't give up yet, you never know. at worst, you lose them, but at best they may hatch. [​IMG]
     
  8. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is just such a horrible mess.... Thank you all for the support....

    Jenn
     
  9. Marion

    Marion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree with Miss_Jayne... leave them a few days and hope for the best!
     
  10. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today is day 16... I candled last night and saw movement.... I can see the black blobs, just no wiggling.... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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