What happens if the temp is too low?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by greening, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. greening

    greening Chirping

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    while waiting for my incubator to show up, i whipped together a hommade icubator. it is at about 95.5. i know it needs to be 99.5, but what happens if its not? im just afraid that if i lower the heat lamp any it will spike the temp way to high (while i was regulating it it was over 120! should i try to warm it up a wee bit or just leave it?
     

  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

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    The 1st 3 days and the last 3 days of incubation tend to be the most critical for proper development. I probably would've waited for the incubator, but sincce you've begun, all you can do is wait and see. Candling around day 7 or 10 should tell you if they are growing. Depending on how long until you have the right temp though, they won't likely hatch at 95F.
     
  3. greening

    greening Chirping

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    the eggs are 8 days old and i got it up to 97, so i hope that is better
     
  4. Rbl4life

    Rbl4life Chirping

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    the lower temp will just make for late hatching.. they start developing at around 86 degrees
     
  5. greening

    greening Chirping

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    so will they develop incorrectly if its at like 95?
     

  6. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    They actually start developing at 80*F but odds of deformity go way up if you are below 97*F for long times.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    If the temperature is low the hatch may be a day or 2 late. If the temp is high the hatch will probably be a day or 2 early. 99 to 100 degrees is good. a couple of degrees off either way usually just either result in delays or early hatches.
     
  8. Reghan1977

    Reghan1977 Hatching

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    How did you increase your temp? We can't seem to get the incubator past 94! We have a 60 watt bulb in there and the room itself is 82....I'm so frustrated!
     
  9. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

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    Use a higher watt bulb. Try 100 W. Do you have a thermostat?
     

  10. Foreverlovnlife

    Foreverlovnlife In the Brooder

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    I am in a panic and any information would help. So I started out with 20 eggs at 94 degress because that is as high as I THOUGHT the bator would go. When I put them in lock down 2 days ago there were 10 alive and moving. Now on day 27 I find out that I was just being dumb and the bator can go higher so now the ducks are at 98 degrees. I wish I could open it up and look at them to see if their moving but I cant. Please someone tell me something!!! DID I JUST KILL MY DUCKS!!!!
     

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