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What do You do when the electricity goes off?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Motherhenandflock, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. Motherhenandflock

    Motherhenandflock Songster

    May 17, 2007
    Southeast Idaho
    Three days into the bator and our electricity goes off! [​IMG]

    It is on now, was off a little over 2 hours. First I covered the bator thinking that would hold the heat, then read in a book to open the bator so the eggs would have oxygen. In Gail Damarow's book; a Guide to Raising Chickens she says: 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.

    So what have you encountered with hatch rate after you've had a power outage?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    At that early stage I doubt it did anything other than slow them down a bit. They will be fine. I have eggs out for hours, put them back in and they still hatch.
  3. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Lakeland, Ga
    They will be fine, I have shipped week old embryated eggs several times( 3 days in transit) without any ill effects, except maybe a delay of a day or two in hatching
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2007
  4. Motherhenandflock

    Motherhenandflock Songster

    May 17, 2007
    Southeast Idaho
    Thanks! This being my first attempt at hatching, I am nervous to say the least!
  5. chrissieg

    chrissieg Songster

    It happened to me as well.... I just nipped over to my neighbour who has a generator ..... and promised to name a chick after them! Thanks Colin and Ruby from Colin and Ruby + 9!! [​IMG]

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