Urgent help eggs in incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dolittle, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. Dolittle

    Dolittle Out Of The Brooder

    Hi

    This is my first time with eggs in an incubator.. Long story but I have had an 18 hour power cut, generator broke down, couldn't get out due to flooded driveway etc.. The incubator with 23 eggs in it got down to 22 degrees C before power was restored.

    I am wondering if it is still viable for any chicks to hatch or whether I should just abandon eggs and avoid heartbreak ? ! We are at around day 9 of incubating.

    Thanks
    Jen
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    You might still get some to hatch. Eggs can take a bit of cooling because the mother has to get off the nest to feed herself. If they do hatch, they will probably be a little late. I'd say give them a candle tomorrow. By that point it will be apparent if any died.
     
  3. Dolittle

    Dolittle Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks

    I have also never candled. Is it obvious if the new chicks are dead ? I thought you could just see the embryo?

    Thanks for your time
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    When they die, all the veins disintegrate and oftentimes form a blood ring. This is a duck egg, but it looks the same inside. You can see all the veining that means the embryo is alive and healthy:

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    A dead egg will not have all this nice veining, and will probably have a ring of blood around it.
     
  5. Dolittle

    Dolittle Out Of The Brooder

    That's awesome. Thank you so much for your answers, I will candle them tomorrow and keep my fingers crossed.

    Thanks
    Jen
     
  6. Pyxis

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    Good luck! I hope they all made it!
     
  7. ChickenLady2014

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    How did the candling go? Did you have any viable embryos?
     
  8. Pyxis

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    x2 I'd love an update :)
     
  9. Dolittle

    Dolittle Out Of The Brooder

    Belatedly replying - I did candle and thought I had a few viable - though didn't take any pics..

    Then 10 days or so later i got my first chick !! I was so excited when I saw it pip I was up all night watching it! I then got 6 more which was fantastic (apart from the sleepless nights watching them too !!) .. 5 light Sussex and 2 Araucana - the Araucana are particularly photogenic : )

    here are some of my babies - though not babies anymore they have already been moved to the outside 'nursery' and are thriving - crossed fingers they are all hens!.


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  10. ChickenLady2014

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    Great looking chicks, congratulations and the best of luck with them being hens :)
     

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