My incubator stopped for 8 hours lastnight.. will my eggs still hatch? Australian summer

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ryan E, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. Ryan E

    Ryan E Hatching

    Dec 9, 2013
    Hi all,

    Lastnight I accidentally forgot to switch my little incubator back on after candling the eggs at 14 days. It wasnt till this morning that I had realised what I had done. Im very shattered as I really wanted babies and I had put in eggs from two new hens that I had got that had been mating with roosters of their own kind before I got them. A few of the eggs are pure light sussex and the others are speckled sussex. My rooster at home is a mixture so I really want these eggs to hatch as his sperm is now in the eggs and I will not have any other purebreads unless these eggs hatch.

    Is it worth holding onto them or are they too far gone?

    Please let me know.


  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    This may put your mind at ease somewhat.
    The following is from the above link.
    ~~If eggs are likely to be cooled for longer periods (more than 2 hours) the way they should be treated depends upon their state of development. If the eggs are newly set the best plan is to cool them fairly quickly down to 5 - 20°C (41 - 68°F) and hold them in this range - put them in the fridge!
    This can work for eggs up to 14 days

    At any rate, I wouldn't give up on them. Too cool is better than too hot.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
  3. elliechooks

    elliechooks Chirping

    Jun 19, 2013

    Last night my eggs were pipping when I went to bed. The electrics tripped out and the incubator was off for I think about 6 hours.... I thought that would be it, incubator full of dead chicks, but no, they are all hatching now, don't think I lost any. Don't give up on them. Good luck.
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    What great news.
    The longer they're in there the more heat they'll generate on their own.

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