Is it safe?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SilverDuck284, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. SilverDuck284

    SilverDuck284 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've set up my Bator in preparation for some Cayuga duck eggs. Its pretty much ready to go but I noticed a slight variation. My temp generally lingers right around 99.5 but will occasionally rise to 100.5. Its on a water heater thermostat, so I'd rather not adjust it if it's not absolutely necessary. It took me more than a few attempts to get it where it is. Will a degree warmer harm the embryos? This will be my first hatch, I may be overly worried, but I just want to make sure I'm doing everything to the best of my knowledge.

    Thanks. =]
     
  2. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Going up to 100 degrees wont hurt them I don't think. When I hatched eggs it was places from 87 - 102 degrees. I think your temperature is perfect! To make a long story short, during my first hatch it got to 108 degrees for to hours. I got a 5/6 hatch! :) Good luck with your hatch!
     
  3. CluckyBoss

    CluckyBoss Out Of The Brooder

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    A slight temperature change is normal. My incubator gets
    slightly cooler at night. If your incubator holds this

    temperature, your eggs will be fine.
    Temperature wise, anyways.

    Good luck [​IMG]
     
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  4. SilverDuck284

    SilverDuck284 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that's scary, yet impressive! I think I'd have a panic attack if I saw the temps that high. If you think about it, our own bodies go into shock when I core temp is too high. These tiny little babies are so delicate, its hard to believe they could servive that.


    Thanks so much!



    I don't worry too much about occasional drops in temp, mom has to get off the eggs now and then, right? So I figure that it's safe as long as they don't get cold, normal even. But too high a temp and temp spikes.. Scares me. But it's only a degree, so I guess it's like mom has a slight fever?
    lol.
    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2012
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    What you are measuring is air temperature. It takes a while for the core egg temperature to change when the air temperature goes up. I don't like spikes but they are not necessarily deadly. It depends on how high they go and how long they stay there. Temperature drops are much the same,

    You do have a risk if the core egg temperature changes. I think rises are more dangerous than drops. But as long as you don't get much of a change to the core temperature, it's not that dangerous.

    I would not worry a lot about the air temperature getting one degree high as long as it doesn't stay there very long. It might raise your average incubating temperature a bit so you get a little early hatch, but it should not harm the hatch, especially if it cools back off.
     
  6. SilverDuck284

    SilverDuck284 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually the only temps that read 100.5 is my make shift water wiggler. The thermometer in the Bayer never reads that high, it doesn't have points of a degree, but the high and low are both 99. My guess is that it's off a little. But I have three thermometers in the wiggler, 1 probe and 2 infant. They all read the same, and sometimes they read 100.5

    Thanks for your input! =]
     
  7. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
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    I had a panic attack!! I thought for sure my babies were dead!! But the next day we candled and they were still moving around a lot. I think Number 6 died before the temp went that high. It had a lot of bacteria around the egg and the air sack was to the side. It was also exciting because I got 1 roo and 4 hens! :)

     
  8. SilverDuck284

    SilverDuck284 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, sounds like you got really lucky! I'm setting 8 eggs and hoping at least 6 hatch. I'll be happy just to get half and half. I don't know what I'll do if I end up with more drakes than ducks.
     
  9. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
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    I have a Cayuga duckling! I'm pretty sure it's a boy..Either way I don't care because the only reason I can't have roosters is because of the noise. By the way! Good luck with your hatch!
     
  10. SilverDuck284

    SilverDuck284 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!! =D
     

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