power outage - need advice UPDATE

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MsBrenda, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. MsBrenda

    MsBrenda In the Brooder

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    We had a 12 hour power outage last night and today I don't see any movement inside the eggs. I placed the eggs on 7/7 in the incubator (purchased from eggcartons.com)
    Last week we had a 3 hour power outage and I had been able to see movement inside the eggs up until this morning. Was 12 hours last night long enough to hurt the chicks?


    UPDATE:
    7/30 This morning, one of the eggs is just starting to zip. I see a little hole and its cracked! I'm soooooo excited! Waiting, and waiting, pacing and waiting....

    Brenda
     
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  2. orionburn

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    Hate to say it, but yes, there's a good chance they may not have made it. That's quite a stretch of time to go without heat. I wouldn't give up completely....little chicky miracles do happen. I'd candle them a few more times.
     
  3. MsBrenda

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    The eggs would be due to hatch next week Wednesday. Is there a cut off point that I would not see movement inside anymore? I think I was seeing the heart beating because it looked bouncy in there. But today there is no more movement in any of the eggs.
     
  4. MsBrenda

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    I candled the eggs tonight and yes! I can see the chicks moving around in there!
     
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  6. bantyshanty

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    From what I read in another post about this, the eggs go dormant if they are gradually cooled down & left still, and they can do this for a day or more. This would give the eggs the extra ability to succeed in nature if the mama hen forgot her eggs for a day before getting back on them.
    I've experienced a 12-hour power outage at about day 12, in May, and mine all made it, that is all made it, just late 2 days. Keep your chin up, they might all be just fine. The most crucial period for stable temp is way past.
     
  7. MsBrenda

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    well my chicks made it to the time of hatch but so far haven't. yesterday was the hatch date. I can see veins under the surface of the shells. I have 5 eggs due. I assume they are delayed due to the power outage we had. I feel like I am in the waiting room of a maternity ward! but right now I am unsure. This is my first hatch.... if they make it.
     

  8. Rozzie

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    I would give them at least a couple of extra days over what you'd normally wait. Hard to say how a power interruption will affect them.
     
  9. orionburn

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    Quote:Same here. Give it some more time and see what happens. Some times they're late even without going through something like a power outtage. Good luck!
     
  10. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

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    The power outages will definately set the eggs behind schedule... give them a couple extra days... [​IMG]
     

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