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TWO power outages!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Pumpkinpup, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I have had the power go off twice in the past 24 hours! [​IMG]
    I have some eggs from some of Beverly Davis' blue marans stock in the bator and I am so freaked out now [​IMG]
    I never expected to ever get the chance at some of these eggs and they have been in the bator at a perfect temp for 7 days when BAM the power goes off for about 2 hours. I hurry as best I can and get the generator hooked up and cranked ( about an hour and 15 minutes or so to do that as I had to borrow from a friend). Temp dropped to 85 in the incubator before the power restoration. Then when the power came back on I thought I was in the clear. Much to my disgust, sometime in the night it went out AGAIN and I have no idea for how long! How long is too long?
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    They should be fine. I had power outages twice this past hatching season with eggs and they hatched out fine. My outrages were anywhere from 8 hours to overnight.

    I think some on here have had the power go out for a whole day or more and still had decent hatches.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2008
  3. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Thanks, that makes me feel better. I had an absolute horror story experience with these durring shipping. The P.O. must have played football with the box as the entire side was caved in and 5 eggs were completely crushed flat. What a mess! :thun Then, after placing them in the bator, two more exploded the first night! [​IMG] I don't know how much more drama I can take.
  4. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Info on power outages during Incubation.
    From- A Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow

    The more valuable your hatching eggs are, the more likely it is that the electricity will go out during incubation. If you have an uninterruptable power source (UPS) for your computer or other electronic equipment, consider disconnecting the usual equipment and using the UPS to power your incubator. If the outage comtinues beyond its capacity to keep your incubator running, or you don't have an UPS, open the incubator and let the eggs cool until the power goes back on.

    Trying to keep the eggs warm is likely to cause abnormal embryo development. Furthermore, if you close the vents or wrap the incubator with blankets in your attempt to keep eggs warm, a greater danger than temperature loss is oxygen deprivation. Developing embryos use up oxygen rather rapidly, and the oxygen level may soon fall below that necessary to keep them alive.

    As soon as the power goes back on, close the incubator and continue operating it as usual. The effect of the outage on your hatch will depend on how long the power was out and on how long the eggs had been incubated before the outage. A power failure of up to 12 hours may not significally affect the hatch (except to delay it somewhat), especially if the outage occurred during the early incubation, when cooled embryos naturally tend to go dormant. Embryos that are close to term generate enough heat to carry them through a short-term outage.
  5. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    With the rough handling and the exploding eggs, have you tried candling them yet?
  6. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Wow, Thanks, Farmer Kitty! That was most encouraging. Maybe things are ok after all. [​IMG]
  7. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    They are so dark that I was unsuccessful with attempting to candle.
  8. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Today would have been hatch day for the blue and wheaton marans the post office mangled so badly [​IMG]
    As I feared, absolutely nothing is going on in the few that survived the shipping! I am SOOOOO sick of spending hard earned money and having the post office destroy the eggs! [​IMG]
  9. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Sorry things aren't going well. I a sending good vibes that they are ok after the power outage.
    Oh Darn! Wonder if that means it went out at my house too??????? Oh MAN!!!!!!!
  10. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    My button quail are hatching after 2 power outages of unknown length of time in a house that stays about 80F. I'm pretty surprised about it. I did hook the incubator to a ups while I was gone but I need that one for my computer and haven't gotten another yet.

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