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AHHHHH 911!!!! What should I do?!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by McCord6, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Hubby's cousin was helping me candle the eggs tonight but he got BUTTERFINGERED!!! He dropped an egg into the incubator. Busted 1 other one completely and cracked 3 of them. I already fixed the cracked one but the 2 busted ones have left a HUGE MESS!!!! Would it be okay, being day 7, to take them out of the incubator into something else and wash the heck out of the bottom of the incubator? There is yuckies all over the place even on some eggs. Would it be safe to wash them with a wet towel and completely clean the bottom of the bator?

  2. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    I hope an expert posts a reply fast......

    I have seen a friend drip hot wax on the outside of an egg to repair and it hatched and is a healthy bird.... 3 days old now.....

    you cannot wash the eggs..... but you might be able to wipe them off with a dry clothe. They have some kind of film on them that helps them grow and become chicks.
  3. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Rocky Mount VA
    At day 7, if you can put them somewhere where the temp will be consistent with the incubator, and the humidity, you could spend 10 or 15 mins. cleaning up the bator without hurting the eggs...but I agree, wipe them with a soft cloth rather than rinse them if you can.

    My basis is, I moved eggs at 20 days, over an hour, wrapped in a soft towel in an uninsulated box, reunited them with their broody mommas, and 1 day later, 11/12 hatched...and number 12 was a blank. The broodies don't stay on the eggs constantly, they may leave for up to an hour a day, although they often cover the eggs with bedding.
  4. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    I did the same thing when I candled and killed the egg I was looking at.... I wont candle again.

    Why not take the eggs out and clean the incubator and then wipe off the eggs with dry clothe and put wax on the broken eggs that are not destroyed and pray for the best results.

    I bet fumble fingers feels HORRIBLE. It was just an accident.....

    This is what happened to me........ when I tried

  5. mulia24

    mulia24 Songster

    OMG, that's the thing i fear most when candling, i usually use a rubber glove to handle the egg to prevent slip.
  6. thanks, u guys. i had cousin help clean the mess but didn't let him handle the eggs. i hope that doesnt happen again!
  7. duckboatprincess

    duckboatprincess Songster

    Apr 21, 2009
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Everyone knows around here that no one is allowed to touch or move the eggs nor are they allowed to open the bator. I'm a bit over protective of mine. If I want to show them something, I pick up the egg and candle it to show them. It protects them from the wrath of me and me from blaming anyone else and then feeling bad lol.

  8. JestersEye

    JestersEye Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Mullica Twp., NJ
    Quote:I don't how much difference it would make, but I'm using a toilet paper tube to candle eggs. Maybe the hole size is smaller, or maybe my eggs are a lot bigger, but they can't fit through like yours did.
  9. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    I was expecting the end of the tube to hold it... You are right... that is why I killed the poor little egg...

    I will do better next time we learn from our mistakes.....or I wont candle again
  10. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    I'm the friend that waxed that egg...the end was all smashed and I just don't mean broken with a piece I mean ahole in and breaks all in the egg. I got a candle and dropped wax onto the egg let it dry and set it. I had a healthy strong pretty baby chick hatch 3 days ago. I already had lost the egg what did I have to lose...good luck

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