Please help! Day 21 and incubator emergency

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wthchristi, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. wthchristi

    wthchristi Chick-A-Palooza

    Jun 14, 2009
    I woke up this morning, day 21 to hearing cheeping from the bator. I ran to see the new babies and freaked out. The temp is down to 72.9 degrees and the light will not come on. My incubators heating element seems to have died. The fan was still working. What can I do to try and save the 30 eggs in there that are trying to hatch. Please help!!

    I put the big flashlight on top and a heater underneath until I could figure out what to do next. I am bawling, I do not want to kill my babies on hatch day. Nothing is opened (farm supply) because of labor day.

    Anyone, please?
  2. anngili

    anngili Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know much about incubators but try to get some jars of very hot water in there ASAP to get the temp up until someone more knowledgable replies. Just make sure they don't touch the eggs.
    ETA: and don't forget to keep the humidity up!
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2009
  3. dun chick

    dun chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Take some hot washcloths and put a heating pad under the metal grate. LEt us know what happens.
  4. toetoe

    toetoe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2009
    I know a lady that did this when hers went out with peacock eggs hatching in November.

    If you have a small 2 man tent (preferably canvas) set it up in a room and put the incubator in it to one side. Then if you have a tent heater, portable electice heater or some other source of heater that will not touch the sides and does NOT use oils or gas. Place this in the tent in the center on a flat surface with the chicks.
    You will have to watch all the time until you can replace your heat and light source, but it work for my friend for 2 days till she got her incubator fixed.

    Please DO NOT USE oil or gas heaters in the tent or in the home. It will kill you and the birds.

    Electric heater
    battery heater
    water heater
    Steamer heater

    I hope this helps.
  5. wthchristi

    wthchristi Chick-A-Palooza

    Jun 14, 2009
    Thank you for all that have helped. I am going to continue to post updates in my other thread in the incubating section (seems to be the appropriate spot).

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