Cracked egg still viable??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by flockgirl, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. flockgirl

    flockgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a hen sitting on some eggs and when I went to candle them today I noticed one was cracked. There was nothing oozing out, I just saw white (membrane) Is this egg still okay since the membrane isn't punctured??
     
  2. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have nailpolish?
    Put some of it on the crack and it should seal. Ive never had an egg crack but ive heard of them doing this !
     
  3. Becci

    Becci Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you don't seal it up, the egg won't be able to hold moisture and bacteria will be a huge threat. Because it didn't puncture the inner membrane, there's a good chance the egg can be sealed and saved providing you act quickly. I've run across a few methods to seal a cracked egg, all having good results. You can use clear nail polish, as stated above. Non-toxic water soluble glue (such as Elmer's glue) has worked for many people, but you have to put multiple coats on the egg and that could take awhile. Let the glue dry completely in between coats. Wax is personally my favorite, and what I use.

    If I use candles, I do not use scented candles. Birthday candles work fine, as do crayons. Melt the wax and let it drip over the crack. Simple as that. Whatever you choose to do, try not to cover the entire egg in it. Eggs are porous to allow oxygen through to the embryo, and you're covering a lot of those pores when you seal a crack.

    Wishing you luck
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
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  4. flockgirl

    flockgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Well the egg is now no good:( I went out this morning to put some clear nail polish on and there was nothing there but the shell and some dried up yolk. Looks like mama ate everything inside :/ I will remember all these good suggestions for sealing if this ever happens again though!! Thank you :)
     

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