What to do when the power goes out...HELPFUL TIP that WORKS!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cjeanean, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Okay, since it's inevitable that the power will go out for some freak reason or another when you've got eggs in the 'bator, I discovered a quick fix for keeping your eggs alive and warm until the *(&*#^ power company fixes everything....Now, I'm sure someone else has probably already thought of this, but I'm gonna post it anyway...

    I have discovered that hot tap water is usually well over 100 F. This is what I did when the power went out:

    1. I got 6 quart ziplocks and 3 gallon ziplocks. I filled all 6 ziplocks with hot water, using the probe from my thermometer to ensure that the water temp wasn't above 110 F. The air in my bator fluctuates between 99.5 and 106.6, and with that fluctuation my water wiggler stays at a steady temp of 99.3-99.7. So I didn't want to go above 110 F on the tap water temp.

    2. I sealed the quart ziplocks and made sure all the air was out so they would lie flat, and I placed 2 full quart bags into each gallon bag so that they would have double protection against leaks...no one wants 6 quarts of water in the bottom of their bator!!!

    3. Since my bator has a hardware cloth bottom (and everyone knows how pokey that stuff is) I put a double layer of paper towels in the bottom of the bator.

    4. I took all my eggs out of the carton I had them in to fit them as close together as possible and put them on top of the paper towel lined 'bator bottom.

    5. I put the water wiggler in the middle of the group of eggs, and GENTLY placed the warm water filled bags on top of them.

    It takes a bit of time before the temps will increase, but if you put the lid back on the bator it WILL work. I managed to keep mine at 98.8 for three hours before the power came back on, and they LIVED!!!! Of course, my flashlight died, because I couldn't just walk away and check it now and then, I had to sit there and watch and rejoice at each tenth of a degree the temp increased....LOL!!!

    Maybe this should be a sticky....if someone else has come up with this give them the credit!!!!
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2009
  2. cherrychicken

    cherrychicken Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Wow, cool. I'll try that when I finally am ready to hatch out some eggs. Thats really neat.
  3. gocrow77

    gocrow77 Crow's Nest

    May 13, 2009
    Central MO
    great tip ! Thanks [​IMG]
  4. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    You're welcome [​IMG]
  5. joey7319

    joey7319 In the Brooder

    May 29, 2009
    Stanardsville, Va
    You could also use a 12 volt power inverter. the 1500 Watt ones are fairly cheap and you can hook them up to your car or any other 12 Volt power source. I keep one in my work truck for charging my cordless tools when I`m on sites with no power.
  6. Dotshines

    Dotshines Songster

    Feb 3, 2009
    McAlpin, Fl
    [​IMG] greet tip. I live in Florida and have the power go out often. On my last hatch I was at work when the power went out. But not for long so I did end up with a good hatch. I am going to get some ziplock bags to keep on hand. Thank you for that tip. [​IMG]
  7. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    I just have my UPS (battery back up) on all the time.

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