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Fema Camp Hobo
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Need Help with chicken egg incubation
Just a quick run down...

Chicken eggs are to hit 21 days today in my incubator. Everything has been going smoothly until I woke up this morning to see that the freaking breakers in the basement tripped. wtf

With that being said I checked on them last night around 10pm and all was good. I woke up this morning and headed down a little after 6AM to check them when I made the discovery.

The temp fell to 70 degrees and the humidity was locked in about 70%. I quickly flipped the breaker and the unit came back on and the temp quickly went back to 100.5 degrees.

Anybody with experience know if this was detrimental to the chicks as I feel like that temperature drop was too extreme and too long in this stage of development (well really any stage).

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06/16/2022 12:22 PM

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Re: Need Help with chicken egg incubation
There is still a chance that some of them will still hatch. You may have lost some but not all.
Have you candled them to see if they were developing properly up until this point?
How warm did the eggs themselves feel?
If they do survive it may take them a couple extra days to hatch. Being so close to hatching it may have weakened them.
Mix a teaspoon of honey in a quart of water to give the new hatchlings if they appear weak.
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They should be OK.
I had some overheat and it birthed some crazy assed roosters.
Very aggressive and fearless.
Temp is critical. Keep us posted.
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Re: Need Help with chicken egg incubation
There is still a chance that some of them will still hatch. You may have lost some but not all.
Have you candled them to see if they were developing properly up until this point?
How warm did the eggs themselves feel?
If they do survive it may take them a couple extra days to hatch. Being so close to hatching it may have weakened them.
Mix a teaspoon of honey in a quart of water to give the new hatchlings if they appear weak.
 Quoting: jussabitconfused


Thanks for the reply!

I have candled them and the last time was Monday as I was preparing them for the "final lockdown" during the incubation period. I could see the remaining eggs were good to go.

Honestly I didn't feel the eggs at all. I left the cover on just to preserve what heat was in the unit. I did notice that condensation formed on the eggs rather quickly as the heat cam back up then slowly went away.

Ill give them a few more days I guess to see.

I did see this but never tried it.

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Re: Need Help with chicken egg incubation
They should be OK.
I had some overheat and it birthed some crazy assed roosters.
Very aggressive and fearless.
Temp is critical. Keep us posted.
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Hope so! hf
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They'll be ok, I had mine in a Styrofoam cooler with a light bulb for heat and i would wet a paper towel for moisture and sometimes the heat would drop but it takes a bit for that to register in liquid so the inside probably didn't drop to 70 but once they start hatching DO NOT LET THE BREAKER TRIP! Or you could have shrink wrapped babies
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Re: Need Help with chicken egg incubation
They'll be ok, I had mine in a Styrofoam cooler with a light bulb for heat and i would wet a paper towel for moisture and sometimes the heat would drop but it takes a bit for that to register in liquid so the inside probably didn't drop to 70 but once they start hatching DO NOT LET THE BREAKER TRIP! Or you could have shrink wrapped babies
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That's reassuring! Thank you!
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Well this morning I did the float test and they all floated except for one that sank to the bottom so I discarded that one. The others float with maybe 1/5 of the egg above water. I didn't see any movement so I'm not too sure at this point.

I will give them to Sunday and see where I am. No peeps or pips either so far.
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life finds a way. we have hatched stor bought eggs, the free range kind. on an electric blanket at 1 setting.

https://imgur.com/APsJgHK



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Re: Need Help with chicken egg incubation
life finds a way. we have hatched stor bought eggs, the free range kind. on an electric blanket at 1 setting.

https://imgur.com/APsJgHK



Much better than ducks.
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Re: Need Help with chicken egg incubation
Well looks like they didn't make it.

I have started another round of incubation so we will see.
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Re: Need Help with chicken egg incubation
THE EGGS WILL BE FINE...

FREE RANGE HENS LEAVE THEIR EGGS OFTEN.

YOU CAN EVEN MOVE THEIR EGGS FROM THE NEST

TO ANOTHER AREA AND THEY DON'T CARE...

AS EGGS MATURE, HENS LEAVE MORE OFTEN...

NO WORRIES!
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Re: Need Help with chicken egg incubation
Well looks like they didn't make it.

I have started another round of incubation so we will see.
 Quoting: Fema Camp Hobo


Why did the breaker trip? Did you deal with it?
And incubator is only like 100watts not even one amp, a very small load!

well good luck this time!
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Re: Need Help with chicken egg incubation
Humidty is more important than temp at the end stage. Dont want them hatching in a dry environment and having the membrane dry to them like a straight jacket.
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06/23/2022 12:15 PM

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Re: Need Help with chicken egg incubation
Our hens will leave their eggs for hours sometimes and they are fine.

The float test is what did them in, never let eggs get wet, it damages the bloom.





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