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#1 2012-05-04 00:49:51

Lindy Lou
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From: Priceville, Ontario
Registered: 2011-07-03
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Oh course there's a storm

It's Day 17 and my eggs go into lockdown tomorrow. So of course there's a storm, thinder, lightning, heavy rain and strong winds. Hydro has already flickered. What do I do if the power goes out in the middle of the night? The storm is due to carry on right through until 5:00am. How long will the eggs be all right for? I sincerely hope I don'thave to sit up all night jusy in case.


Some of us are driven by the need to make animals a part of our lives. We are soothed by their presence, fascinated by their behavior, and amused by their antics.

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#2 2012-05-04 00:57:12

skeffling lavender farm
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From: Wiarton, ON, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-17
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Re: Oh course there's a storm

We had a flicker too.  I think we are on out 3rd storm in 2 days, really cool horizontal lightening over Georgian bay.  Be prepared to insulate the incubator if hydro goes out, but leave a little space for air to get in still so they can breathe.  I keep meaning to buy an alarm that will let you know if power is lost to the bator, but they are about $90.  We have a generator here but there are way less outages than we had in Lucknow.  Hopefully there are no problems tonight. :nervous:

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#3 2012-05-04 01:19:16

Prairie Chick
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From: Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan
Registered: 2012-03-27
Posts: 261

Re: Oh course there's a storm

If the power goes out here I put a heavy blanket over the bator to keep the heat in, hope it doesn't go out on you.


Chickens:  EO's, BLRW, Ameracauna's (blue/black/splash also Lavender) and lavender D'Uccles
Waterfowl: Super dewlap Africans, Seb's, American Blue Geese, Muscovies,
also guinea fowl and peafowl

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#4 2012-05-04 01:38:01

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
Posts: 3359

Re: Oh course there's a storm

Storm hasn't hit here yet, but I can hear the rumblings :nervous:  I have the hovobator that is in lock down now, hatch to start tomorrow or Sat.  Have the generator but it's in the barn :duh:
Well Lynn hold tight and hopefully the power doesn't go off.

Last edited by Flat Rock Farm (2012-05-04 01:38:37)

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#5 2012-05-04 01:56:15

Micah and Kiah
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From: West Grey
Registered: 2012-04-20
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Re: Oh course there's a storm

Lynn, that storm is finally calming down here and made the lights flicker. The winds were very high.  Dennis says this is just a pause between storms. If you think your hydro might go please phone us and we will come over with the generator.  Call any time, I sleep lightly with this leg.  I'll PM you my number.  For Fur and Feathers Dennis had batteries and inverters to run brooder lights and that might run the incubator too.  With the lightening, watch out for power spikes.:hug:  Hang in there and please call if you want the generator.


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#6 2012-05-04 02:08:16

Lindy Lou
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From: Priceville, Ontario
Registered: 2011-07-03
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Re: Oh course there's a storm

Thanks Kathy We have a generator here. It's a bit of a noisy old thing and I don't think John has serviced it in a while. I will stay up as long as I can and John is up at 4:30 so hopefully one of us will be awake if the power goes out. Does anyone know how long the incubator will hold it's heat for? I do have a blanket already sitting in the brooder room should I need to use it.
If I intend to continue hatching we will have to come up with a Plan B to deal with power outages.


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#7 2012-05-04 03:07:36

Micah and Kiah
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From: West Grey
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Re: Oh course there's a storm

Dennis reminded me that we used batteries and an inverter once we discovered the last power outage. That might be a back-up?


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#8 2012-05-04 09:54:36

gubi
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From: Walton
Registered: 2011-06-30
Posts: 1344
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Re: Oh course there's a storm

The incubator should be fine for a few hours that late in incubation.  The growing embryos inside the eggs create a lot of heat already too.  I have had an broodie leave the nest with her first 3 chicks and her other 4 eggs were completely cold to the touch.  When I went to open them up I heard a faint peep so I put all the eggs back under an other broodie and they all still hatched.  I think a power outage at the beginning of incubation is much worse. 
We are very happy for this storm.  It finally brings us some moisture we are very dry.   Our tulips didn't even bloom this spring because they were too dry!


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#9 2012-05-04 11:55:27

Lindy Lou
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From: Priceville, Ontario
Registered: 2011-07-03
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Re: Oh course there's a storm

Thanks Stefan. I hardly slept a wink last night. I kept checking to make sure the alarm clock wasn't flashing. I agree about needing some rain but I just wish it wasn't when I was hatching :nervous:


Some of us are driven by the need to make animals a part of our lives. We are soothed by their presence, fascinated by their behavior, and amused by their antics.

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#10 2012-05-04 12:25:50

gubi
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From: Walton
Registered: 2011-06-30
Posts: 1344
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Re: Oh course there's a storm

I tried to post last night to tell you not to worry but then my computer crashed yet again so I went to bed.  One great thing about hatching in this weather you wont even need to worry about putting water in the incubator as the outside humidity is so high to begin with.

You guys had all that snow to give you some moisture.  We've had nothing.  Before this storm we only had a quarter inch total in rain this spring.  Combining that with hardly any snow it is very dry.  Thank God we had a whole inch last night.  Unreal how things are growing now.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#11 2012-05-04 16:24:06

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
Registered: 2011-07-06
Posts: 1403

Re: Oh course there's a storm

So no power outages then? That is such a worry. At the end of my last hatch I discovered my broody went off her 5 eggs to sit on another nest, I believe it was the day before they were to hatch. The eggs were so very cold, I brought them all in and put them in the incubator with the rest. There was 4 Lavender d'uccle eggs and 1 EO egg. I candled them and listened to them and saw/heard life in only 2 of the 5 eggs, but all hatched within a day or so except the EO egg but that chick was caught under its own leg and never would have hatched. You just never know!

XOX Monika

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