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post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post

Some time today while I was at work, some of my hens broke into my broody hen's nest and laid eggs in her nest. That is fine (I've now fixed the barrier so they can't break in again... However it seems that with hens climbing in and out all day, one of my eggs got cracked sad.png

It's just got a few cracks on the side, I candled the egg and can see the chick moving around inside so it is definitely alive... What do I do? Is it likely to die now because of the cracks? Is there anything I can do to stop bacteria entering the egg?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
How about a bead of good old Elmers Glue...ya know the stuff in the white bottle with the Orange pointy top...non-toxic...I think you can get that in Australia...
post #12 of 18
Dampen a cigarette rolling paper and use it as tape,when it dries it will still stick but since it's paper it will still breathe.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by gjamesi View Post

Dampen a cigarette rolling paper and use it as tape,when it dries it will still stick but since it's paper it will still breathe.

Interesting idea, and one I hadn't heard before!
Swedish ducks, golden comets and a light brahma roo, large fowl lavender orpingtons, bantam chocolate orpingtons, bantam cochins, silver duckwing OEGBs and Seramas! 
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Swedish ducks, golden comets and a light brahma roo, large fowl lavender orpingtons, bantam chocolate orpingtons, bantam cochins, silver duckwing OEGBs and Seramas! 
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post #14 of 18
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This is the state of the egg today... Worse cracks now... It doesn't smell and I don't really know how to tell if it is dead..... I might just take it out though, I do not want it cracking/exploding in my nest!!


Edited by maddogdodge - 9/29/15 at 7:26pm

Owner of 5 Bantam Australorps, 1 Plymouth Rock, 3 Light sussex, 2 Isa Browns, 1 Australian Araucana, 3 Welsummers, 4 Barnevelder's, 2 Silkies, 6 mixed breeds and lastly my beautiful Mr. Roo who is a Light Sussex cross.

I also have 2 Indian Runner ducks and 2 Khaki Campbell Ducks.

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Owner of 5 Bantam Australorps, 1 Plymouth Rock, 3 Light sussex, 2 Isa Browns, 1 Australian Araucana, 3 Welsummers, 4 Barnevelder's, 2 Silkies, 6 mixed breeds and lastly my beautiful Mr. Roo who is a Light Sussex cross.

I also have 2 Indian Runner ducks and 2 Khaki Campbell Ducks.

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post #15 of 18
It probably wouldn't explode...if the membrane is intact the chick may still be viable...maybe if you put a small piece of good sticky tape over the missing shell and over the fractures it might just make it...how far along are the eggs? You could candle it to see if there's anything moving inside...if it's been like that for a while and the chick is dead the insides get runny...and if you move the egg around while candleing it you can see it slosh around....also the air space moves around as well....
post #16 of 18
Well silly me!! Sorry I didn't read the first message completely..I'd tape it with a piece of medical tape..paper, silk, athletic tape...smooth tape...it would support the shell...May not crack any further...if the chick was wiggling around in there a few days ago...it shouldn't be too long before it's due to hatch...curious to see how it works out....keep us posted
post #17 of 18

In my opinion, If it is only small crack but the membrane is intact, you could use parafin wax to seal it. 

post #18 of 18
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Well silly me!! Sorry I didn't read the first message completely..I'd tape it with a piece of medical tape..paper, silk, athletic tape...smooth tape...it would support the shell...May not crack any further...if the chick was wiggling around in there a few days ago...it shouldn't be too long before it's due to hatch...curious to see how it works out....keep us posted


:goodpost: That is what I would do at this point.  Just have to really watch it up to and on hatch day so it doesn't try to pip thru the tape.

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