Can I save an egg that is cracked!?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by arockkid, May 22, 2012.

  1. arockkid

    arockkid Songster

    Feb 28, 2011
    Buffalo NY
    I have eggs that will hatch in one week, and noticed one got cracked on the bottom, but is still moving when I candle it....can I save it? Maybe put some tape over it or something? I'm sure it's been asked before and I'll do a search, but need a quick answer!
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    If the membrane is still in tact, it should be fine. Just be very careful turning it. You can put candle wax to seal the crack, but then I might be afraid it would be hard for the chick to break free.

    I think I'd just be careful and leave the egg as it is.

  3. arockkid

    arockkid Songster

    Feb 28, 2011
    Buffalo NY
    I DID put wax on it, found it in another thread. The crack is at the bottom, so I don't think it could affect the hatching. I'm crossing my fingers!
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    The wax may very well work. Just keep an eye on the egg to make sure that it does not go bad. For me, the sniff test always worked in these situations.
  5. luvmydux

    luvmydux Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    I was candling my broodys' eggs and there were soooo many I ended up dropping 2. One cracked and bled a little bit and the other just cracked at the bottom. I felt awful as I have never done this before. I placed them in the incubator 3 days ago and expect them to hatch within the next day. (They have internally pipped!!!) I was sure they were shot but did my own experiment and turns out they both seem fine. I did not put anything over the egg at all, just left as is. These are pretty significant cracks too. Good luck!
  6. phoenix912

    phoenix912 Songster

    Jan 7, 2012
    I put wax on a cracked one. I was worried about it loseing to much moister. It hatched but when it pipped I had to peel of the wax. It was stopping the shell from falling off.

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