Overheated Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KelleyP83, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. KelleyP83

    KelleyP83 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2013
    West Hattiesburg, MS
    My (janky, homemade) incubator got my eggs up to, oh, 130 degrees for about two hours last night. This is not an incubator problem, it was my fault. It was very chilly in the house so I put a piece of aluminum foil over the light to bring it back up to temp in the box (this is seriously a very hobo incubator - I was not expecting eggs when I got them and cobbled something together on a shoestring budget) and then forgot to take it off.

    I had candled the eggs the night before and had five beating hearts and some sign of development in two more (10 eggs all together) - it's day 10 in the incubator - so. Have I killed all my babies? Anyone know?
  2. Bill 101

    Bill 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2013
    Yeah, it wouldn't take long at 130 degrees to cook them good. 104 degrees for a short time will do them in
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    It takes awhile for the core temperature of the eggs to rise, but I think 2 hours would've done some damage. IF the embryos survived there will be a possibility of them being handicapped. So keep that in mind if you candle them and find they did survive the heat spike. Sorry I can't give you better news.

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