Uh-oh... incubator tripped the circuit breaker during the night:-(

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KristenRae, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. KristenRae

    KristenRae Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2011
    NE Wisconsin
    So last week, I woke up to an incubator that was not running (it's a forced air LG) and at 72 degrees. This was at day 7. Happened again at day 10 (this time, I tackled the root problem). Both times, I reset the circuit breaker, and kept on like nothing happened (I am turning them by hand 3x a day). Day 15 now and I can't tell if there has been any more embryonic development in the eggs. They look the same as when I candled them at day 7, although the size of the air cells has increased. The eggs are all green and dark brown, so it's hard to tell anyway... Accidentally broke one of the eggs last night, and inside was a red gelatinous blob and obviously not a 15 day old chick embryo. My question is, should I just call it quits at this point? Or is it worth a shot to continue incubating the rest? Is it even possible at this point for the remaining eggs to catch up, or I am just creating potential stink bombs? What would you do?
  2. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2010
    Southern Oklahoma
    I would stop the hatch and do an egg-topsy, if the eggs are your chicken's eggs, if you bought them, then I would just leave them in the incubator, until they hatched or it started to stink.
  3. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2010
    Big Island, Hawaii
    Oh that sucks... our power went out for 10 mins a couple weeks ago and I was freaking out. I had my husband running out the door with barely time to get his shoes to go down to our shop to get a big ol' generator we have....when the power clicked back on. Whew!!

    When ever I feel bummed or discouraged about eggs hatching... I order more. lol.. just saying it makes me feel better. lol

    By the way... our names are close.. "Kristen Rae" mine is Christie Rhae... pronounced like... ray. lol
  4. djennings

    djennings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2011
    Sabine Pass, TX.
    I had power outages twice [​IMG] while incubating silkies, one for 3 hours, and 1 at 5 hours, all silkies hatched out. [​IMG]
  5. KristenRae

    KristenRae Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2011
    NE Wisconsin
    I'm thinking I probably need to get the gumption to do an egg-topsy. I didn't purchase the eggs, they came from a friend. I was supposed to incubate them and we would split the hatch, so feeling a little guilty here... even though there isn't much I could have done to prevent it. We just bought our house last spring and this is the first power failure we have endured! I'll let you know what I decide to do. Wish me luck!
  6. dwhite

    dwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    I would wonder why the breaker is tripping, if it is an incubator problem it is not going to fix itself and the incubator could fail. It could be an issue with your circuit breaker, a low amp one could be installed, or the existing one could be faulty and need to be changed out.
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:Here too. Don't give up. I lost power 2 weeks into incubation. The temp in the incubator was 78 degrees when I discovered it. I put the incubator on a battery pack with an inverter and brought the temp back up. I still had a good hatch. Maybe put the incubator on another outlet with a different circuit breaker. Maybe it's a bad breaker. A incubator doesn't draw enough power to trip a breaker.
  8. KristenRae

    KristenRae Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2011
    NE Wisconsin
    My husband investigated the circuit breaker box. Come to find out, two of our window a/c, the fridge, the 'bator AND our dehumidfier are all on the same circuit! This makes no sense to me, as the 'bator and the dehumidifier are both on a different side and level of the house. I was able to switch some things up (the list of circuits written inside the breaker box were useless and inaccurate) and I haven't had a problem since. The deal is, we are going to candle again on the day that would have been lock-down, and decide from there. Cross your fingers!

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