Crack in Egg AGAIN!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Enchanted Sunrise Farms, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i just checked under my broodies and found this egg with a crack in it. It's weepy. i candled and see a chick moving inside. Is there any hope? Is there a way to patch it where the broodies won't crack it further? If i put it in an incubator would it have a chance?

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  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    Maine
    my crack looked identical but wasn't weeping. If you want to try to save it I would take some wax and melt it over the cracks to seal the egg. I would then put it in the bator. I got my cracked egg shipped to me, this is what mine looked like on day 18 after I used a razor to carefully scrape away the wax
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    good luck [​IMG]

    Krista

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    here is the pic of the inside of the shell, you can see the dimple where the crack was and the chick on the floor next to it
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  3. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Krista - i was just reading your thread but had not yet gotten to the part where it hatched. Congratulations! i just fired up my bater and will give this a try. i can't not try. There's a heartbeat in there!
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  4. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    don't put it back under the hen or it will get smashed all the way.
     
  5. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    If it's weepy the inner membrane has been punctured. While miracles do happen, it's HIGHLY unlikely this egg will produce a chick. More likely it will develop an infection inside the egg.
     
  6. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    Maine
    I agree OTG- but as long as she keeps a close eye on it I don't see the harm. I might not do this if it could compromise an existing batch in the bator, ah, who am I kidding, I can't ever toss an egg [​IMG] . Seriously though, especially if you have other eggs in the bator, you need to keep an eye out and candle to check for infection, otherwise you will have a big mess [​IMG]
    I repeat, mine didn't seep, but miracles do happen [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Good luck
    Krista
     
  7. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, it is in an incubator all by itself. My broodies were supposed to be doing the hatching. i don't know why i convince myself that sticking eggs under a broody means i won't have to do anything. But Tom's Kentucky Silkies are so pretty, i could not resist buying some of his hatching eggs.

    Last time i let a broody hatch eggs, it was a bit of a disaster. Put them under Dusty, then Guinevere joined her. They actually did a good job on the incubation part. But the minute the first chick hatched, they had no idea what it was and started trying to peck it to death. i had to frantically grab the chick, get the girls off the eggs, fire up an incubator, set up a brooder. i was hysterical. But, the outcome was four beautiful Showgirls and a gorgeous white Silkie.

    Anyhow, sorry to be long winded. Question - how will i know if the egg gets infected? What will that look like?
     
  8. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Bad news. Got home just a while ago to find the incubator close to 103 degrees. Opened to see some yellow liquid had leaked from the egg, and the bator was smelling a might bit nasty. So, decided to abort the rescue mission. Took out the egg, wrapped it in a paper towel, then a zip lock plastic bag, and put it in the freezer. Thinking if there is still life inside, this would be the best way to put it quietly to sleep.

    i feel bad for the little guy/girl. But i guess this was just one of those freak casualties of broody hatching. i did add some extra cush to the nest box to try to keep the other eggs safe. Would sure hate for an egg to break with a chick any further along than this.
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  9. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    You tried [​IMG] not much else to do. Sorry it didn't work out. I cracked one by dropping a thermometer, I felt HORRIBLE. At least you didn't do the actual break. good luck with the rest of your hatch.
    Krista
     
  10. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i cannot believe the bad luck with this clutch! A couple days after the first cracked egg, i checked under the broodies to make sure there were not any others. One slipped from my hand and cracked. :mad: Luckily, upon candling, there was no chick inside.

    Then this morning i checked and saw one broody off the nest, and another hen had crawled in the nest. i found two extra eggs had been laid in the nest. Then saw one of the hatching eggs laying the coop floor, with a crack in it! It was not totally cold, but cool. Upon candling, i found it does have a chick inside - alive or not, i don't know. We are on Day 18 here.

    Anyhow, my husband helped me seal the crack with wax. It was not weeping at all. i have it in the incubator, which is coming up to temp pretty quickly. He suggested, and i agreed, that once we have a stable temperature, to take the rest of the eggs away from the broodies and just incubate them the rest of the way.

    It's very disappointing. i had hoped to see little silkie chick heads popping out from under mom's feathers. But i just don't want to take anymore chances.

    If i get the urge to buy anymore hatching eggs, will someone please smack me? [​IMG]
     

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