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Ugggh - Horrid Temperature Spike - UPDATE Baby Pics!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AngieChick, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    I am so very sad, sleep deprived, and stressed [​IMG] [​IMG] :

    After almost 2 weeks of my bator keeping great temps and me feeling pretty smug about it, I had a spike come in out of nowhere yesterday evening. A very bad one at that (like over 120). I caught it after just a few minutes, 10 max, and moved everything over to my hova bator. I didn't have time to soak it in bleach, so I just had DH wipe it down really well with a vinegar cleaning solution and hoped that's enough. I was up all night regulating the temps in the hova, afraid that it too would spike due to my having to set it up so fast. I candled this morning, and still see veins on the ones that are further along, so maybe? 15 silkie eggs on day 5 from chickenzoo, 13 silkie eggs on day 2 from silkiechicken.

    I have no idea what happened. The only thing I can think of is that the wire to the thermostat sensor got pinched in the door? I don't trust it in the least right now, and will do some revamping on the whole heating system in it. If this was going to happen, I am glad it happened so early. It would have been much more devastating to lose so many much later in development.

    So, my question is - If I still see veins after 15 hours, does that mean they are still viable? Is there even any hope?
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2009

  2. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    I had a spike of 108 and all my eggs died.
  3. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Songster

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    That is pretty high, but it depends on how long the temp was up. IF it was really brief, it's possible the heat did not reach the interior of the eggs.
    GOOD LUCK. Please let us know how they turn out.
  4. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Quote:It was VERY brief, only a few minutes. The 6 days still veining for the most part, I am not sure when I would stop seeing veins if they died? It's been almost 24 hours.

    Katrinag - sorry about your eggs, thank you for letting me know what the impact was on them. I am still holding out hope, but I have already made possible arrangements for more eggs.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2009
  5. 4hchknmama

    4hchknmama Songster

    Jan 25, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    Hopefully you caught it early enough and it wont effect your hatch. I had a spike of 108 on day two with this hatch, and I still have developing eggs and I am on day 10 today. I did lose two however after the spike.

    Keep us updated as to how it goes [​IMG]
  6. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    Keep an eye on them and make sure the to not go rotten. I hope some hatch for you.
  7. bock

    bock Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    Gosh Angiechick, the same thing just happened to me, so bare with me! [​IMG]

    P.s good luck [​IMG]

  8. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Wow - I just candled a few and not only do they still have veins, but they have wiggly little embryos inside!

    I am amazed and hopeful.
  9. melissastraka

    melissastraka Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    Keep is updated. Good luck!
  10. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    So far it looks like I only lost a couple. I don't know what, if any, ramifications there will be on the actual hatch, but so far so good.

    I candled a couple of the day 4 ones and did see a bit of veining on one, so hopefully they made it through alright.

    After fussing with my naughty incubator for an hour or so, it has been keeping a perfect temperature almost 2 days now. My digital thermometer tells me the highs/lows, so I can see if it spiked. It's kept within .4degrees. The eggs will stay in the hova bator until hatch, then I'll put the first batch in my LG still air. My big bator is going to have to be good for 2 weeks before I trust it again.

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