Incubator was off... are chicks dead?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Urbanfarmerkc, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last night asked my spouse to help me by turning my eggs before bed. This morning I see that he turned the incubator off and forgot to turn it back on. It sat for 9 hours with no heat. I have an old Leahy so it probably took several hours to cool down but it was all the way down to 73 degrees when I turned it back on. We are on week 2 for these eggs. So, what is your opinion? Dead chicks or still worth a try?
     
  2. spartman

    spartman Out Of The Brooder

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    Go ahead and plug it in.

    I would say they should be fine and what's it gonna hurt to keep trying?
     
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    I agree..plug it back in and wait. They won't hatch on the original due date obviously, and it will likely hurt your hatch rate a bit, but you should still get some chicks.
     
  4. vickie2133

    vickie2133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree Plug it back up and let them finish out. My electric has went off before my heat in the incubator had gotten lower and I still had some hatch.
     
  5. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    You've nothing to lose just plug it back in.

    In the future just lift the lid off carefully and turn the eggs. Even though I have a turner I like to give them a turn in the other direction once a day, for the first week. I put some packing tape on the sides of the lid to give me a better grip. Just make little handles by folding the tape back on itself.

    Wish you a successful hatch,

    rancher
     
  6. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    During one of my hatches last year the bulb blew out two different times and I found my incubator at 77 degrees each time. I thought for sure it was a total loss but I still had several chicks hatch. Don't give up hope. Lower temps are usually better than temp spikes.
     
  7. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    They should be fine. It's happened to me and I still had a good hatch. They will probably be a day late hatching.
     
  8. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I appreciate the positive thoughts. Mine usually hatch a few days early so a day or two delay won't hurt me any!

    Thanks
     
  9. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good news!!! First baby hatched and a day early. Beautiful Le Fleche!

    Dave
     
  10. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how much would it cost to power an old Leahy incubator per day
     

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