Lost Power & heat dropped in incubator for 6 hrs to 73 deg.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by muddyriverdogz, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. muddyriverdogz

    muddyriverdogz In the Brooder

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    We lost power the other day due to a sever wind storm and it was 6 hrs before we got a generator going. I plugged the incubator in, but the heat had already dropped to 73 degrees on our eggs. Some were supposed to hatch next Wed. Should I still try, or do you think that they are already dead? I haven't tried candeling them to check for movement. I am still very new to all this so I am not very confident in what I am doing. We only have one Delaware laying one egg a day. . . Should I just discard the eggs and start again? Any information or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

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    The bulb burned out on my homemade incubator two times with one batch of eggs. Didn't know how long it had been out when I found it. I still had eggs hatch from the batch so I would continue with incubation.
     
  3. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Songster

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    They will be fine. The hatching may or may not be delayed a-bit, but they will still hatch. 6hrs isn't really that long.

    Good Luck!
     
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    Quote:had the samething happen but it was more than 6 hrs I had a great hatch
     
  5. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    I had a broody quit the nest in 70ish weather and it was over 12 hours before I took the eggs and put them in the incubator just in case, and it was a very good hatch.
     
  6. muddyriverdogz

    muddyriverdogz In the Brooder

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    Thank you all for the encouragement! I was hopefull and plugged them into a cord from the generator and when power was restored yesterday, I moved them back into our spare room and plugged them back into the wall. [​IMG][​IMG] Thanks all for the help!!!!! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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  8. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Songster

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    My feelings are: Never give up. I think your chicks will be ok, I know chickens will get up off there nests time to time, so they don't have a constant temp. If it was over 24 hours, then I would be worried, but for 6 hours, I think it will be ok [​IMG]
     
  9. GrannySue

    GrannySue Songster

    Quote:that's good news for me. My broody BO who has been sitting on duck eggs for about 3 weeks abandoned them yesterday to sit on a freshly laid chicken egg in the next box. I took the chicken egg away and put her 4 duck eggs back under her. Here's hoping!!
     
  10. crossedwires

    crossedwires Chirping

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    as long as your past day 12 then 6 hrs should be fine.
     

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