Lost power UPDATE CHICK PICS

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickieKeeta, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. ChickieKeeta

    ChickieKeeta C'mon C'mere Fluffa Feathers

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    My incubator is in the bathroom. It keeps a constant temp
    there. I set 16 shipped eggs Saturday morning. Today, Tuesday, I came home about 8 PM and found the ground fault breaker had tripped. Probably during the thunderstorm
    about 10 hours earlier. The temp dropped from 102 to 79.
    I reset the breaker. Is this hatch doomed?

    JUNE 26
    Due to hatch tomorrow. I came home about 545 PM. Went to see if any pipped & there is a fluffy live chick!
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2009
  2. redroosta

    redroosta Flown the Coop

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    no, the hatch rate will suffer a bit, but it should stilll give chicks
     
  3. DANNY

    DANNY Songster

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    I don't think it will hurt them. They might be a couple of hours late is all. I just put 52 in the brooder and i left the incubator unplugged overnight for a total of 12 hrs.
     
  4. ChickieKeeta

    ChickieKeeta C'mon C'mere Fluffa Feathers

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    Thank you.
    I will post results here.
     
  5. roche477

    roche477 Songster

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    You should be fine and it might not harm your hatch rate at all. My first hatch the power went out for over 11 hours. It got down to 68 degrees in the incubator and I still hatched all 16.

    Good luck!
     
  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

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    Info on power outages during Incubation.
    From- A Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow

    The more valuable your hatching eggs are, the more likely it is that the electricity will go out during incubation. If you have an uninterruptable power source (UPS) for your computer or other electronic equipment, consider disconnecting the usual equipment and using the UPS to power your incubator. If the outage comtinues beyond its capacity to keep your incubator running, or you don't have an UPS, open the incubator and let the eggs cool until the power goes back on.

    Trying to keep the eggs warm is likely to cause abnormal embryo development. Furthermore, if you close the vents or wrap the incubator with blankets in your attempt to keep eggs warm, a greater danger than temperature loss is oxygen deprivation. Developing embryos use up oxygen rather rapidly, and the oxygen level may soon fall below that necessary to keep them alive.

    As soon as the power goes back on, close the incubator and continue operating it as usual. The effect of the outage on your hatch will depend on how long the power was out and on how long the eggs had been incubated before the outage. A power failure of up to 12 hours may not significally affect the hatch (except to delay it somewhat), especially if the outage occurred during the early incubation, when cooled embryos naturally tend to go dormant. Embryos that are close to term generate enough heat to carry them through a short-term outage.
     
  7. ChickieKeeta

    ChickieKeeta C'mon C'mere Fluffa Feathers

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    Due to hatch tomorrow. I came home about 545 PM. Went to see if any pipped & there is a fluffy live chick!

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  8. gocrow77

    gocrow77 Crow's Nest

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    Congrats, glad things turned out well! [​IMG]
     
  9. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    anymore fluff butts?
     
  10. ChickieKeeta

    ChickieKeeta C'mon C'mere Fluffa Feathers

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    A total of three. I will get photos after I am sure the hatching is finished. They are so adorable!
     

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