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

    Oct 28, 2009
    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

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    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

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    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

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    Quote:had the samething happen but it was more than 6 hrs I had a great hatch
  5. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    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

    Oct 28, 2009
    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

    Oct 18, 2009
  8. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
    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

    Jan 19, 2010
    as long as your past day 12 then 6 hrs should be fine.

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