- Apr 6, 2016
I am so disappointed, and need to vent. I had two clutches of eggs going, one under a hen, and one in the incubator. The ones under the hen did alright. 7/10 hatched, (two weren't fertile). The incubator eggs were doing great, then Sunday(Day 18) we had a very hot day. I have a styrofoam HovaBator and no indoor A/C, and the temp spiked to about 104 for a few hours. I candled the eggs, and they seemed fine, and I fiddled with the temp for the next few hours to keep it steady. Then I put them in lock down. Well, it's day 23 and broke the rules to candle because I got worried. I think only ONE of the eggs still have veins and movement! I'm super bummed! I'm sure it must've been the temperature fluctuations to kill 6 out of 7 eggs that far along. UGH UGH UGH. I feel AWFUL and negligent. Is there anything else I could have done to help those eggs after a temp spike like that?