Power crisis!! OH NO!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Blisschick, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    We lost electricity yesterday afternoon about 5:30 pm. I didn't think anything of it at first, since we don't lose power very often, then freaked when I remembered my incubator was going. I stuck some paper towel in the breathing hole for the fan and then wrapped it in some towels. The temp then read about 93 degrees. The power has just come on at 3:30 am, and now the temp reads about 74.5! Do you think my eggs will make it? I'm letting it heat back up and will check them later, but I just wanted to know if it's just going to be wishful thinking at this point, or if they'll make it. [​IMG]
     
  2. slyfoxpeeps

    slyfoxpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    morning, I'm no expert but I unplugged my for 3 hrs and ended up with my best hatch yet!. So, you have a great chance! What day are you on
    Sylvia
     
  3. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    Thank goodness for night owls! LOL

    I'm on day 7.5. It was off for about 10 hrs. [​IMG] I checked the room temperature, and it was about 68 compared to the incubator, so hopefully, it didn't cool very fast.
     
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  4. slyfoxpeeps

    slyfoxpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The core temp of the egg takes longer to cool then the air around it. I totally know your panic! When I realized I had unplugged the wrong cord I could have cried! There is hope, several people have written on here about having power outages during incubation. Cooling off is not as bad as getting to hot.
    Sylvia
     
  5. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I try to keep in mind how the eggs would cool if they were under a hen who decided to take a lunchbreak. I'm sure they cool pretty quickly when she's off of them for 15 to 20 minutes while she does her business. I'll try to go back to bed and forget about them until the morning. [​IMG]
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I had some on day 18 get down to the mid 70's when we lost power during an ice storm. 6 of the 12 hatched.....and I'm not sure the others would have hatched anyway. So there is hope! [​IMG]
     
  7. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    I had the exact thing happen to me about a week in half ago. The temp was down into the low 80's by the time I got the generator started (my DH wasn't home). I candled just a few days ago and 6 of the 12 are developing - so I think you will be o.k. - might take an extra day to hatch though. Good luck!
     
  8. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine was off last week for 3.5 hrs. Temp got down to 74. Candled when temp came back up and again the next day and they were still moving around like crazy....[​IMG]
     
  9. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I lost power last winter for over 24 hrs and had more than I thought survive. I wrapped the bator in blankets and propped next to wood stove. It was zeroish outside so the bator still dropped drastically in temps.

    Nothing to lose at this stage. Give them a few days and candle to see where you stand.

    Best of luck Bliss !!!!!

    Julie [​IMG]
     
  10. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    when I was asleep the power went out sometime early morning. When I woke up at 9AM I realized it was out. I thought there was no hope. 11 out of 15 hatched. the other 3 died sometime areound day 17
     

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