How low/long of a temp dip is dangerous?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NaomiSarah, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. NaomiSarah

    NaomiSarah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    *sigh*I'm not cooking my eggs, this time, but I woke up with temps at 94 degrees. They were only that low for a few hours, but is that low of a temp dip dangerous? For the Chickens, I mean, I know with the robins its kinda a crapshoot.
     
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I do not know the exact time that it would take to affect the chick.


    Recently (two days ago) I had a broody leave the nest with her chicks. Normally I candle the remaining eggs and discard or put in the bator depending upon what I see. This time I goofed and did not candle for hours - got busy with other stuff. When I gathered the eggs, they were cool to the touch, but one was pipping! The hen had settle down for the evening on the chicks, so I slipped the pipping egg back under her. The pipping egg hatched. A second egg is now in the bator - another hen snuck an egg in the nest and it is about a week behind the hatched chicks.


    No help I know - but I would not give up on the clutch.
     
  3. NaomiSarah

    NaomiSarah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candled - my two-weekers seem fine except a little slow-moving, which I think is understandable if they got cool, but they are alive and I really hope they aren't traumatized from it. My husband messed with the furnace, apparently, and my home made incubators dont compensate for that *grumble*
     
  4. crossedwires

    crossedwires Chillin' With My Peeps

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    depends how far along they were if they were past say day 12 then a couple of hours at that temp shouldnt do anymore than retard the hatch a little, overheating in my experiance is a bigger killer than a few hours chilling, but there is alot of factors to consider like what stage are the eggs at etc. best guess from me would be they should be fine
     

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