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Lost power for 7 hours on day 6--- any chance they are still viable

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by porterrockwell, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. porterrockwell

    porterrockwell New Egg

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    plug got pulled, I think it was out for about 7 hours. Found them in morning, eggs were a chilly room temp, house was at 62 degrees for overnight, eggs were probably that cold, or near it.

    Have one of this high-tech little Korean incubators.. R-com, don't think it held heat for too long once plug was pulled(but are pretty sweet otherwise).

    I just kept incubating, not sure if they lived or died. Tried candleing them,but they are dark, and thick shelled and I dont have a powerful flashlight so I was unsuccessful

    At first I was sure they were dead, and figured they would start smelling bad as I continued to incubate, and that would be my sure sign they were expired. That was 5 days ago, and they have not started smelling, so I am starting to have hope. Any chance they are still viable, or should I chuck them and start again.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    What day were you on? The longer they had been in there, the longer they would have held internal heat.

    62 for 7 hours is a long time my friend.

    First name wouldn't happen to be Orrin would it?[​IMG]
     
  3. old mill poultry

    old mill poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course there is a chance! Last year we had a power outage here in pa that lasted 3 days in negative temps , thought my hatch of very expensive eggs(welsummers, jerseys and marans) were gone. We were around day 7 I remember. Granted my hatch was not great we got around 60%, but it could have been the shipped eggs. I would wait to candle around day 9 or so because they could be a little behind. Sending positve hatching vibes to you![​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I've had power outages for hours, yes they can still hatch out, just may take an extra day.
     
  5. porterrockwell

    porterrockwell New Egg

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    It sounds like it is worth keeping them incubating and see what happens. Will the eggs start to smell (rot) if they are not developing?

    any I did take my online ID from my hero, Ole' Port. I liked his style.
     
  6. barnwife

    barnwife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wait and see. If they stink, they stink, and you would know for CERTAIN you did the right thing.

    If you throw them out, and you hear a story on here about a miracle baby...you will onwder about your hatch and never know.

    Eggs, though fragile, can be incredibly resilient, too.

    Patience is a virrtue. If they don't stink yet, you are probably close to the clear.
     
  7. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
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    Quote:I remember that time. I was doing my first hatch and cried for 3 days. I still got 50%. And then I cried again because I got that many.
     
  8. KareyABohr

    KareyABohr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, I am a dyed-in-the-wool optimist!
    You have nothing to lose by keeping them in the bator, and everything to gain!
    GOOD LUCK!
     
  9. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
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    Yes, I had two outages of more than 8 hours durring the same hatch and still got two peeps! So, it is possible!
     
  10. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

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    Do leave them. I have a hatch going right now that on the 10th lost power for 24 hours and on the 12th lost power for 8 hours. I'm technacially on day 17 but will stop turing on day 19+ to compiciate for the loss of power. I candled again last night I have chickies alive. Good luck!
     

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