Here is how our story ends...for NOW!! :)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lickskillet, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. lickskillet

    lickskillet *Home of the Shoveler*

    Jan 16, 2009
    As I said in an earlier post, I thought my eggs were dead from lack of heat and humidity for sooooo long due to KY's crappy ice storm. Well, after 6 hours without elec. at home on day 18, got to my mom's (after what should have been a 25 minute drive took 2 hours) plugged bator in, took awhile to warm up, stuck eggs in, and all was wonderfull till evening of day 21, and no pips! Low and behold on day 21 right before midnight, 4 eggs pipped! YEAH! THEN...on day 22, because of mom's neighborhood damaged elec. lines, and while fixing them, the elec. co. turned off MOM'S power for 4 and a half hours!!! ##@#$%$^$^ Luckily we had just had breakfast and the oven was still warm from baking biscuits, so threw bath towells in it to get them warm to wrap the bator just to RETAIN the heat! LONGGGGGGGG story short, oven cooled down, got minivan good and hot and was able to get heat up to 99 degrees in bator. Stayed in van till mom's elec. came back on. Then proceded to return home on day 22 with 3 kids, hubby, dog, and 4 pipped eggs in the bator (it was a VERY hot ride home). From 10:17 p.m. of day 22 till 3:00a.m. we had 5 out of 7 eggs zip then hatch!!! So the bator and I got to REALLY know each other this past week! LOL If not for the ice storm, I probably would have had a 100% hatch, but ALL things considered, I marvel that any survived at all. That Genesis 1588 can't be BEAT, as well as hatching in an egg carton! We are going to name the 5 chicks for what we experienced, this our first ever incubation of eggs DURING an ice storm, Faith, Grace, Joy, Miracle, and Hope. ROOSTERS or NOT!!! LOL P.S. Here's some hope to not give up on those eggies TOO soon!!! Thanks AGAIN for listening to the end of my wild and crazy story, Jennifer

    This is a crabapple whose branches are normally straight up in the air 30 feet.
    These are the survivor chicks! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2009
  2. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    That is some story. Just goes to show you, those chickies are tougher than we think, they really want to hatch!
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Needs to be made into a movie.
    Imp [​IMG]
  4. porteryork

    porteryork Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2008
    Clarkesville, GA
    Wow! You did a great job as well as the bator.[​IMG]
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Congrats on your little hatchy milagros.
  6. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Glad to see a happy ending. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    told you not to give up, i knew you and the bator could do it.
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Great story! Congrats on your hatch, you broody hen! LOL
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    That is just wonderful.

    You make me want to be grateful everyday that I live where Ice storms don't happen.

    Thank you!
  10. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    YAHOO!!! [​IMG]

    You did a GREAT job!! You really went over and beyond what most folks would do!! Congratulations on your great success!!! You are an inspiration to others when faced with hatch-adversity!!![​IMG]

    Thanks for sharing! The chicks are too cute!


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