Im destined to fail this year..

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SarahFair, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. SarahFair

    SarahFair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga

    All year I have had pretty poor hatches..
    Well this morning I walk in to check on the incubator, day 19, and the windows are dewed! I lift the top off and the temp is 80!
    I panic and look around.. A chair had falled over on the cord

    I dont know how long they have been like that. I checked them late afternoon and the temp was about 99-100. The temps have been about 102-104 in the still air.
    I candled night of day 17 and I had a few clear and some so dark you could only see the veins on the very edge.

    Being at 80 for lord knows how long..
    Have I failed?
  2. silkieroo

    silkieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Durham NH
    I would keep trying to incubate them... there pretty hardy little things. If it helps i bet I'm worse at incubating then you! my best hatch was 50% [​IMG]
  3. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

    Jun 10, 2010
    I'm going to count this as a temp spike in the low direction instead of the high direction... I'd personally keep them in the incubator and wait to see. My eggs get 80-90 degrees for a few minutes every day while I wet down the paper towels I keep in for humidity. I imagine there are times in nature when a momma hen was away from the nest for a bit and the eggs cooled some and were ok. Maybe yours will be a success story!

    I'm also interested, as this is a different sort of spike, in what your hatch ends up like. We're keeping track of temperature spike stories here:
  4. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I would wait and see. I had a broody leave a nest due to a heatlamp incident and the eggs had 4 days to go. They were cool to the touch when I found them. I put them back under her and 8 out of 10 hatched! Good Luck!
  5. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    Seems we all agree, you still have a pretty good chance of having chicks hatch,

    Good Luck,
  6. SarahFair

    SarahFair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    Thanks guys
  7. novaman

    novaman Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2010
    I too think you have a reasonable shot. I've heard several say they purposely drop the temp (although not that far [​IMG]) during lockdown. I am no expert but I believe they could handle a lower temp better than a high temp spike.
  8. SarahFair

    SarahFair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    I heard cheeping!!
    ...but I dont know if my humidity is high enough. I noticed that my meter is off [​IMG]
    I know its at atleast 40%

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