Lost power UPDATE CHICK PICS

ChickieKeeta

C'mon C'mere Fluffa Feathers
10 Years
Feb 16, 2009
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Cumberland County NJ
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!
 
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redroosta

Flown the Coop
10 Years
May 29, 2009
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no, the hatch rate will suffer a bit, but it should stilll give chicks
 

DANNY

Songster
10 Years
Mar 27, 2009
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22
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GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA
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.
 

roche477

Songster
10 Years
May 15, 2009
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Malvern, Arkansas
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!
 

Farmer Kitty

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Sep 18, 2007
5,184
13
261
Wisconsin
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.
 

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