The Apocalypse Hatch...

impr3

In the Brooder
Sep 26, 2020
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Lake County, CA
My first attempt at hatching and, in the spirit of 2020, the world has decided to make it as complicated as possible...

First came the heat. We don't have AC and Saturday the house was the same temp my incubator is supposed to be (and it took opening it several times to prevent it from getting too hot just from the fan motor and egg metabolism..).
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For folks who don't think in celsius, 37.5C is about 99.5F. The bottom number is our house, the top one is inside the incubator.

Sunday came the fire. Spent a completely sleepless night watching the glow of it over the ridge after all my neighbors evacuated.
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Yesterday I also evacuated and have had to leave my eggs to their own devices and hope my DIY incubator keeps them comfy without my input... I usually give them a hot water bottle to help keep the temp up at night but hopefully the weather will stay warm enough that they don't need that. And I was worried I may need to start putting ice packs in there if it gets too hot one of these days, but hopefully it doesn't do that either... I've unplugged everything else in the house so hopefully our small off-grid solar setup can keep the bator powered even with the smoke blocking the sun. Most importantly, I bloody hope I make it home in time for lockdown!

Basically, we'd just love any good thoughts that you could send these little ones! Positive stories of hatches surviving disaster would also be lovely to hear right about now...
 

chickenaskquestion

In the Brooder
Sep 29, 2020
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Why did you leave them alone with nobody to keep monitoring. Something could go wrong! Just look at my latest post. That could happen to you. You need a person to look after them. And also you need to turn the eggs 2 times a day or their blood vessels will get stuck to the shell and while hatching they will bleed out and die.
 

Jennc-123

Chirping
Jun 18, 2020
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Why did you leave them alone with nobody to keep monitoring. Something could go wrong! Just look at my latest post. That could happen to you. You need a person to look after them. And also you need to turn the eggs 2 times a day or their blood vessels will get stuck to the shell and while hatching they will bleed out and die.
The poster is under evacuation order, sounds like they have a turner.
May the fire be put under control so you can return safely to your home. Stay safe.
 

impr3

In the Brooder
Sep 26, 2020
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Lake County, CA
The poster is under evacuation order, sounds like they have a turner.
May the fire be put under control so you can return safely to your home. Stay safe.
Yeah, I have a turner. I'm more worried about not getting back in time to turn it off!

Thank you so much for your thoughts. It feels pretty silly being evacuated and the thing I'm most worried about is my eggs... 🙂
 

humblehillsfarm

Crowing
Mar 27, 2020
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Yeah, I have a turner. I'm more worried about not getting back in time to turn it off!

Thank you so much for your thoughts. It feels pretty silly being evacuated and the thing I'm most worried about is my eggs... 🙂
It’s not silly at all. I hope you come home to everything in good order. These are horrific times. If I had eggs in an incubator I would have done the same thing. It’s not like you can plug it in the car, for one. For another, if you’re like most of us on here you have animals and/or kids to evacuate as well. Stay safe. I’m wishing you all the best and please keep us up to date!
 

impr3

In the Brooder
Sep 26, 2020
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Lake County, CA
Why did you leave them alone with nobody to keep monitoring.
My whole home, including the incubator, is on 12V off-grid power. I would have brought them with me except that there would be no way to plug the bator in anywhere else...

Sorry to hear your hatch didn't make it. I had been obsessively checking the temp on mine which is part of why leaving them is so scary! I turned the thermostat down 0.5C before leaving since it had been running a little warm in our current heatwave and I'd rather they get a tad too cold than too hot...
 

chickenaskquestion

In the Brooder
Sep 29, 2020
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Eggs can survive 5 days without heat. So you could've taken your eggs with you on the area. And the area you were evacuated to probably has sockets or plug points. So if something like this fire happens again. You can just take your eggs with you.
 

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