how long is too long?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mrs. K, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    When I got home today, she was on the wrong nest! 1 week to go??? She has always sat as tight as a tick. But there were a lot of strangers around, and a strange dog.

    The outer shells were cool, but there still was a warmth from inside the shell. I put her back in and she settled right down on them. Are they gonners?

    MrsK
     
  2. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry that happened. I don't have any experience here, but I did read that its not the ambient temp thats so important, its the internal temp. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! [​IMG] Good luck! Hope someone that has had this happen before comes along to help you out.
     
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    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. pheasantfreak

    pheasantfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if it was only a little while i would say your fine it just like the mom leaving the nest to go get food or water:D
     
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    It was a little while longer than her going for food and water, I mean they were beginning to cool.

    but after reading these articles, I am glad I just put her back where she belongs, and will cross my fingers. It is not a real big deal, I had ordered chicks at the feed store too, some breeds that I wanted to add to my flock. The eggs were just EE, of my own.

    Thanks for your responses and additional threads

    Mrs.K
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2011
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Last winter on our coldest night we lost power. The power had already been off for a couple of hours when I discovered the power was off, my incubator temp was 78 degrees. Luckily I had a battery pack and an inverter. I plugged the incubator into it and got the temp back up. After a couple of more hrs the power came back on. I still had a good hatch.
     

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