Power out for 7 hours!!! What should I expect from my hatches?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cowgirlgrace, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Cowgirlgrace

    Cowgirlgrace Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have three incubators going with various stages of incubation. One is the hatcher with chicks due to hatch in 2 days. I covered them in Blankets and hoped for the best. When power came back on I checked the thermometers and they were around 70. Is everybody dead or dying? Has anyone else been through this experience before? What were your results?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I've never used an incubator, but from the stories I've read on here, I'll bet you lost few if any.
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Dont do the blanket thing. 85* to 95* chicks keep growing but not like they should. If the power goes out ya want them to cool past that at a natural speed to stop growth. Puting them in pause. The blanket also hurts ventilation.

    That being said, all you should expect is the eggs to hatch 7 hours later than normal. My longest outage was 24 hours with the incubator outside in winter weather. No hatch rate issues.

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