Tell me 98F isn't the end of the world!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by seventreesfarm, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. seventreesfarm

    seventreesfarm Songster

    Jun 14, 2012
    Everson, WA
    When I left for work this morning the incubator was at 99.3 and 100 so I left one vent plug out since the temp tends to creep up a little as it heats up outside.

    This afternoon, 8 hours later, the temps are 97.9 and 98. Will this mess things up or is it in the window of survivability?

    They've only been incubating since Saturday but I'm planning to candle them all tonight to see what I can see.
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    It isn't the end of the world.
  3. Quyen Le

    Quyen Le Songster

    Jul 9, 2012
    My incubator was unplugged for a whole night (10-12 hours), temperature went down to room tempeature at around 70, then I plugged it back in. The next day, I lost power for 2.5 hours and the temp went down to 78. It hatched out fine.
  4. Caribear

    Caribear Chirping

    May 29, 2012
    Darke County, Ohio
    You should be fine. Lower temps will slow the development of the embryo, but I don't think 98* is low enough to cause any damage.
  5. seventreesfarm

    seventreesfarm Songster

    Jun 14, 2012
    Everson, WA
    Thanks for the reassurance [​IMG]

    Temps are already back to 99.3 and 100 after replacing one of the vent plugs. I just need to get it to where the flucuations are in a better range and quit messing with it.

    These are going to be some tough little chickies if they can hatch after my newbie fumbling.
  6. quintinp

    quintinp Songster

    Oct 22, 2010
    Southern Oklahoma
    I am sorry to say this, but yes they will most likely not make it. They usually die even at 98.9. It's just the way things are.

    Okay, now to be real. Your eggs are FINE. I have a Brower 100 egg galvanized metal incubator that fluctuates from 97.3 to 103.4. I hatched recently, and got 18 out of 20 eggs to hatch they all survived and turned out very healthy. You are overreacting, and you need to keep cool when hatching. The temperatures you REALLY want to stay away from are 95 and 105. Those temperatures are bad for your developing chicks.

    Sorry if the top message scared you at first, I was just picking at you.

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  7. seventreesfarm

    seventreesfarm Songster

    Jun 14, 2012
    Everson, WA
    I tend to overreact about things. Good to know I can relax when I'm at work and not able to check the temps a million times an hour [​IMG]

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