Left the lid off the incubator!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by K.Riggs, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. K.Riggs

    K.Riggs Songster

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    Hi,

    I was cooling my day 13 Cayuga eggs today. I'd had a horrid day after a few sleepless nights with sick kids.

    I forgot and left it off for a bit over an hour.

    My incubator takes less that five minutes to get up to temp and humidity.

    Will this be disasterous? I'm freaking out a bit :'(
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    Nah, that's fine. They can easily take an hour of cooling. You're okay :)
     
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  3. JudysMuscovy

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    They will be fine, I left the lid off all day once and they all hatched fine
     
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  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    As the previous posts indicate, they will be fine. Hens occasionally leave the nest for far longer periods of time.
     
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  5. K.Riggs

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    Thank you:bow!! I quickly checked my most active embryo from my last candling and it wasn't moving but I assume they slow down when they cool. I will check a few tomorrow when I cool them again. I so hope they are ok :fl
     
  6. JudysMuscovy

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    Yes wait until tomorrow so they warm up co
    I would wait until tomorrow and recheck them it will give them time to warm up again
     
  7. tjb

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    I'm a little confused... I just started incubating -- on my 3rd batch. I have never heard of "cooling". I try to only lift my lid on candling days... everything I had read says not to let the temperature fluctuate. What am I missing?
     
  8. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    Cooling mimics the hen's behavior of getting off the nest each day to eat, drink, and poop. The eggs are left to cool down for 15 minutes to a half hour each day. This can have a beneficial impact on hatch rates. I never do it for chicken eggs (haven't found that I need to), but I always do it for goose eggs.
     
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  9. JudysMuscovy

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    I always cool my eggs, the hen gets off her nest to eat and stretch, so I follow that rule
     
  10. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    Brinsea (other companies may also) has incorporated a "cooling period" in their incubators. My Octagon 20 Advance has it. You can use it or not, but its there if wanted. I don't use it, but I candle almost daily, so I figure that takes care of it lol
     
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