Help! Need advice my heater went out!! UPDATE!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KatieBugg, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. KatieBugg

    KatieBugg Songster

    Dec 21, 2010
    Holts Summit, MO
    During the night my heater went out and the uncubator was running at 93, for how long I have no idea. I currently have the bator setup in the bathroom with a space heater and it's now almost back up to temp. What are the chances of this ruinning the hatch, this is my first!

    I just candled this morning before daylight, I am on day 8, lots of movement in the eggs!!!! I did have 4 clears out of 24 and discarded them. So looks like we are good to go [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2011
  2. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

    Jan 10, 2010
    Vacationland, Maine
    Don't worry about it. Just keep going. How far along in the hatch are you?

    I have a broody outside who just hatched out 3 eggs and I found her off her nest (and on a different one) fairly frequently in the early parts of the incubation. Her eggs were stone cold a few times. And it's been about 20 degrees during the day here.

    Good luck, keep us posted.
  3. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Keep it up. the hens get off sometimes too. Sometimes they get a nanny to sit but is ok for a lapse. I had an egg hatch that sat ontop of chest incubator for over 12 hours at room temperature then was put back in the incubator. Mother nature is wonderful!
  4. KatieBugg

    KatieBugg Songster

    Dec 21, 2010
    Holts Summit, MO
    I'll just keep plugging away then, my clutch is on day 7.
  5. Petej

    Petej Songster

    Dec 6, 2010
    PDX area
    I had a successful hatch even though the power went out for a full 10 hours and the 'Bator hit 60 degrees then a day later one of my cats unplugged it when playing with the cord, it hit 80 degrees that time.

    Like I said, I had a successful hatch!

    I just now finished my third and final hatch until spring.

    Keep plugging away, mother nature will do all she can too keep things on track. [​IMG]
  6. KatieBugg

    KatieBugg Songster

    Dec 21, 2010
    Holts Summit, MO
    Everyones replys are very much appreciated. My heater will not be fixed until Tuesday, ordering a part but better than buying a whole new system, My chicken funds went out the window [​IMG] But on the bright side I do have a back up wood stove to help keep the chill knocked out, I think I am just going to leave the bator in the bathroom until the house is evenly heated again, I think it will have it's best chance in there. I so have my fingers crossed as I am counting on these eggs to get a flock started after a 20 yr break from keeping chickens.
  7. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    I think you will be fine. Yes, your location will be good! Great success and hatching prayers and thoughts sent your way! nancy


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  8. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Songster

    Oct 21, 2010
    Boise, ID
    I'm new to incubation too, but from everything I've read (including this thread), going cold is WAY better than going hot, so you should be allright....

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