need answer fast PLEASE!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by klf73, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    My power just flickered, I am mid hatch and have another bator on day 8. I bought a plug for my car if the power goes out so I can plug my bators in. Question, would the vibration of the truck running(suburban) cause harm to my eggs? I think the hatching crowd will be ok, but what about the eggs on day 8? I ask for answers quick cuz I think I'm gonna lose power [​IMG]
  2. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    I would say throw a blanket over the bator then if power goes out for over an hour pop it in the back of the Suburban if you have a newer one with the power outlets everywhere, on a blanket or pad to absorb shock.
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    No blanket! READ:
    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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