Cracked Egg Question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Reyvaughn, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got two cracked eggs shipped to me and I immediately cleaned and taped them. The cracks weren't visible on the 2nd one until after I cleaned it with a dampened cloth and I candled it. Neither were through to the membrane. I set them anyways, just to see. Tonight when I turned them, I noticed the one looked like there was white seepage from the crack, under the tape. It actually looked kind of a little bit of cooked egg white. It doesn't smell, but... What is it? Is it safe to keep in the 'bator until day 3 candling? Or should I be concerned and toss it now?

    Thanks!
     
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I would put liquid band aide on the cracks. I had a cracked egg that hatched. I didn't notice the crack until I candled the egg at day 10 and it was developing. I put liquid band aide on the crack and put it back in the incubator and it hatched just fine.
     
  3. KatieBugg

    KatieBugg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unscented candle wax work awesome for the cracks, I have used it with great success. All you do is heat it up until the candle wax is liquid then take a toothpick and smear it on the crack.
     
  4. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well.

    Lets just say I am not thrilled right now. I decided to take the tape off of all 3 cracked eggs and apply the liquid band-aid. I should have left the tape alone! Of the 3, only ONE made it through the ordeal. One was fertile, too, with veins starting. I am so upset with myself. I just had a gut feeling to leave them alone! The one with the white stuff showing that I actually asked about - it was condensation, so that one did need another fix. I am sure that one was also not fertile. But the other one... I killed a forming chick! At least the kids learned something through it (what a fertile egg looks like at this stage).

    One that made it through the un-taping I am pretty sure is also fertile. That one has a new layer of liquid band-aid on it.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:I have used wax too. I used to use wax when canning so I used the same wax to seal a crack too, but now I have been using the liquid band aide.

    I don't think you killed the chick. It probably just wasn't meant to be. I have hatched a lot of chicks and every one that died I felt like I killed them too but finally realized that some just don't make it.
     

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