1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Incubation temperature

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bigbum1984, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. bigbum1984

    bigbum1984 Out Of The Brooder

    55
    0
    39
    Feb 18, 2013
    Kent, England
    I've just got back from getting my kids from school to find the temperature in my incubator had risen to 101.8*F, have a killed my developing chicks? I'm on day 13, but was only out for about 1/2 an hour.

    Please help, really worried now!!!
     
  2. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,227
    52
    178
    Jul 26, 2012
    missouri
    Its fine. You were not gone long enough for it to be a problem. Temps will fluctuate under a mom hen too when she broods, a short time at 101 wont hurt them at all. When it gets to be 103+ then you need to worry. Are you using a thermostat?
     
  3. bigbum1984

    bigbum1984 Out Of The Brooder

    55
    0
    39
    Feb 18, 2013
    Kent, England
    No, I've got a thermometer and humidity meter in there, couldn't find a suitable thermostat for a polystyrene box.
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    35,973
    7,424
    646
    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    The temperature wasn't that high and it was only for a short period, so it's unlikely to have an effect on the embryos. It takes quite awhile for the core temperature of the egg to rise/drop, so temperature rises like this won't have much of an effect as long as you catch and correct it quick. I'd suggest you keep an eye on the temperature in case it does this again! Good luck with your hatch.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by