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AHHHHHHH! HELP! Just broke shell on my egg that is close to hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 19hhbelgian, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    I was trying to situate my eggs, and wanted to double check this one particular egg because I'm not sure if the little guy quit or not. I know he's developed, but he doesn't take up the whole egg - he kind of forms a "U" in the shell, and I can't see any veining (I was going to do the water test to see if I could detect movement). As I was holding the egg, the lid slipped out of my hand, and I squeezed the egg a little too hard [​IMG] The shell crackes all over the place, but it looks like the membrane is not punctured. I set the egg on a moist warm papertowel, and have it in the bator right now. There was no movement when I inspected the membrane, and no chirping, but I could see little legs and what seemed to be feathers. The poor thing was the liveliest embryo I've ever seen develop, but When I last candled I noticed the "U" in the egg... ANY advice would be GREATLY appreciated!!!

  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I would leave it be in the bator as is. When is it due to hatch? If it's soon and it didn't hit a hard surface (by dropping), it may still make it.
  3. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    No hard surfaces... Just the squeeze reflex kicked in when I almost dropped the lid [​IMG] Should be due in about 3 days. Would he be moving around or making any noise by now if still viable?
  4. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    Quote:I am curious: Did the little guy make it alright?
  5. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    Unfortunately I think my initial thoughts were correct... He had quit before I cracked his shell [​IMG] I actually opened the egg all the way up to see what it looked like, and he was perfectly normal, so [​IMG] I can tell you that what I did, did keep the membrane pliant, and if he hadn't quit, I don't see any reason he couldn't have made it.

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