Thunder and lightning

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hornetkc5, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Hornetkc5

    Hornetkc5 Out Of The Brooder

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    OMG Bad day for a storm as the chicks are hatching ! [​IMG] If it aint one thing its another how do I prepare to keep the eggs warm and the 4 that hatched? Still in the bator Im waiting til they are fluffy!
     
  2. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you lose power you can use a hot water bottle or those hand warmer shake things. Someone told me they used the heat pads you stick to your back for some muscles (non medicated). They heat up real nice
     
  3. Hornetkc5

    Hornetkc5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks as if I better get dressed and run out in this mess for a few things! UGH
     
  4. hennypenny99

    hennypenny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Speaking of Thunder and Lightening.... A girl at work told me that a thunderstorm can kill your eggs. LOL! I was so careful at first I would tell the kids "Shhhh! Don't yell, you will kill the eggs!" Well they seem to be doing fine.

    I read that if you lose power you can cover your incubator with a blanket and maintain temperature for about 12 hours.
     
  5. Hornetkc5

    Hornetkc5 Out Of The Brooder

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    I got the blanket ready and a huge pot of water on to boil while the power is still on So the humidity will be right! and the heat is on in my room just in case!
     
  6. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Walmart sells introverters(I think that is what it is called) anyway you plug it into your lighter in your vehicle and than plug the incubator into it. We were expecting some bad weather and my DH bought one. Good luck hope you don't lose power [​IMG]
     
  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Yep, a power inverter an a drop-cord that will reach from the car to the house is great for power outages an incubation.
     
  8. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another option is an emergency backup power supply unit, called an Uninterruptable Power Supply, the kind sold to keep computers running during a blackout. Because incubators are pretty low wattage, they will run quite a while if you buy an UPS with a pretty high capacity (in the $100 to $200 price range), they'll keep an incubator going for many, many hours. I paid around $100 for mine, and I'm sure it would keep my Brinsea running for at least 10-12 hours, but luckily I never had to find out -- had a brief power outage last year during incubation of only about an hour. I know I was able to keep a lamp of the approximate same wattage (40 watts, vs 25 running and 45 peak for the Brinsea) for about 14 hours when I tested it.
     

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