Please help with incubator question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nicdollin, May 4, 2009.

  1. nicdollin

    nicdollin New Egg

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    Hi there--I am on day 16 of incubating 48 chicken eggs. They were checked last night at 10pm and the temp was at a steady 99 degrees. But this evening at 6pm the temp was down to 70. We put a heating lamp on them and got up to 90 and ran to get a new incubator which they are in now. The heating element went out on the old incubator. Will this temperature drop kill the chicks? I am so worried that this did them in. Any ideas or similiar stories with good outcomes?? thanks!
     
  2. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I wouldn't give up yet !! Chicks are more hardy than we give them credit for sometimes.... I have heard of people losing power for several hours and chicks still hatching !!! The temp drop might cause them to hatch a little late so give them some extra time. [​IMG] [​IMG] Hope all goes well for you !!! make sure you update us !!
     
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    opppsss.... just noticed you are new [​IMG] Its nice to have you here. I'm sure you will have tons of fun on here and find lots of great info !!! If you need anymore help feel free to PM me !!
     
  4. Keisha

    Keisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, I wouldnt give up hope yet either. You could still end up with a good hatch. I would say the temp going down to 70 for a bit would be better than it going too high and frying your eggs.
     

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