Incubator lost power. Any hope for the eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sword, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. Sword

    Sword Songster

    Dec 27, 2010
    The outlet that my incubator was plugged into lost power sometime last night. It was working for sure at midnight, and I discovered the problem around 8 A.M. All the eggs were cold when I found out, and the thermometer said the temp was 66°F. I had cotournix quail and chicken eggs in there, all on day 18. Is there any hope for the eggs, or are they all probably dead?

  2. KayTee

    KayTee Songster

    Sep 21, 2012
    South West France
    The only way to really find out is keep going for another three days and see if you get any pipping. It may be too late to save them, but you never know, you may get a few that have survived.

    I have never used an incubator, but I have had several broody hatches, and the temperature of the eggs seems to vary quite a bit. I even had one bird who used to leave the nest for over an hour at a time, and three of her five eggs hatched perfectly normally, despite the fact that sometimes they felt quite cold to the touch when I checked on them. Nature is more forgiving than we realise!

    Fingers crossed for the best outcome. Please let us know what happens.
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    At day 18 they are producing their own body heat so don't give up on them.
    Last October I had a broody sitting on two eggs, her first hatch. Late on night 19 I tried to move her to a pen to keep the others from bothering her because all my girls seem to think they need to lay in one spot. She settled back down but when I checked on her first thing in the morning she was pacing the pen and had been off the eggs long enough for them to get cold. I candled and didn't see any movement. I thought for sure she had let them die. I let her go back to the nest spot and put them back under her. Three hours later I checked and there was movement. Both eggs hatched on day 21, perfectly fine.

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