My incubator got cold 3 days before the hatch. Will they still hatch? How can I tell if they are sti

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Detroitduckfarm, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Detroitduckfarm

    Detroitduckfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I made a horrible mistake and accidentally unplugged my incubator. It cooled off for about 24 hours before I realized what had happened. The ducks were due to hatch in 3 days at the time, now 1 day. Do they have a chance of surviving? How can I tell this late in the incubation if they are still alive?
     
  2. araucanasmom

    araucanasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can candle them and see if there is any movement visible near the air cell.
     
  3. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Overrun With Chickens

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    how low did the temp drop?
     
  4. Detroitduckfarm

    Detroitduckfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I would guess that it dropped to about 70 degrees. From what I hear, below 77 is bad. I thought I saw some movement in at least 1 of the 7, and most of them still have blood vessels visible, which I hope is good. I haven't seen movement yet today, but it's easier to see at night.
     
  5. Detroitduckfarm

    Detroitduckfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Indeed, now that it's dark I can see movement in at least 2 of them, almost like they banging against the membrane on the air sac. I hope my eyes aren't playing tricks on me! Fingers crossed. I will leave them alone until the hatching period is over.
     
  6. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry to hear that. Keep us posted!
     
  7. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Overrun With Chickens

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    wow thats good you got some that survived!
     
  8. Detroitduckfarm

    Detroitduckfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    The two that I determined to be alive are still alive, but they haven't even pipped yet, and it's the due date. They are noticeably warmer than the other 4, so I removed those ones to be certain they didn't contaminate the incubator. One duckling is very fiesty--a small egg from a Welsh Harlequin. The other duckling is a little mellower, a very large blue egg from my favorite gold star hybrid. They will certainly be the odd couple. Fingers still crossed....
     
  9. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Temps can effect how quickly they start the hatching process. Also ducks don't hatch like chicks pip to zip and out quickly. Ducks pip internally and rest, they turn and rest, they start to externally pip and rest. They rest, did I mention they rest? Then they externally pip and you got it rest. Zip some rest, zip rest, finish zipping. So you still have a way to go.
     
  10. Detroitduckfarm

    Detroitduckfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been keeping the incubator at about 99 degrees. I just noticed this morning after removing the inactive eggs that it dropped a couple degrees, I turned up the heat a little. Will extra heat help, especially if they have been traumatized?

    BTW, thanks everyone for your input. Sometimes a live forum is the only way to get good information!
     

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