Cracked Egg

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  1. AmberBQuail

    AmberBQuail Just Hatched

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    Hello!
    I'm a newbie, please forgive me if this has already been discussed.

    We just brought home a batch of button quail eggs from a local breeder. My young (6yro) son has been very excited to get these eggs.
    One of the eggs was accidently dropped only about an inch but it did crack. He is very upset. My husband is very handy, so he put a thin layer of super glue over the crack and in the incubator it went.

    Has anyone had any success with actually hatching chicks from cracked eggs?

    Thanks!!!!!
     
  2. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no expert, and I haven't hatched eggs before, but I would think that the chemicals from super glue would kill the chick, if the crack didn't. Sorry, you should still probably wait for a response from someone who knows a little more about incubating eggs. Good luck with your hatch!
     
  3. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    I've used candle wax to fix a chicken egg and it hatched just fine. I've read about people using nail polish, 'white out', superglue, elmers glue, all without harm. Fingers crossed for the little one.
     
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Although this hasn't happened to me I have read extensively and know people who have saved and hatched a cracked egg. You have two choices, to try to repair and hatch or toss and there are several things to think about. The egg, if the crack isn't too extensive and particularly if the membrane is intact can be repaired with glue, wax or nail polish and candled and hatched as usual.
    If you do go this route, there is something to be very aware of. If it looks like the egg isn't developing, toss immediately!!!!!!!! If you see it leaking...toss immediately! Under those conditions it can explode and that is something you don't want to happen in your incubator. First it can get bacteria on and contaminate the other eggs and second the smell is horrific. Even after cleaning your incubator will stink. I've heard someone say they could smell it through the entire house.
    So if you want to save, go ahead, it can be done, but if it looks like there is a problem (like leakage) or you notice a smell, get rid of the egg immediately.
    Good luck.
     
  5. AmberBQuail

    AmberBQuail Just Hatched

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    Thank you so very much for the info and advice. I will keep a careful eye on this egg. I have it set in the turner away from the other eggs. I'm hopeful for it but won't risk the well being of the others if it looks questionable.

    Thanks again and i will post an update
     
  6. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good, I was going to mention that if possible separate a bit from the other eggs but I forgot.
     
  7. AmberBQuail

    AmberBQuail Just Hatched

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    I thought it best to do so. I would have normally tossed it but my son was so upset about it, i had to try.

    Thank you!
     
  8. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    Button quail eggs are pretty easy to candle and by day 3/4 you should be able to see development if it is going to develop. Quail eggs have less of a chance of exploding in your incubator than chicken eggs. Good luck!
     
  9. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used nail polish to mend cracks but often the egg will be a quitter anyway. It never hurts to try but the bigger the crack and the more exposure to the air or bacteria the less likely it will make it. When the egg breaks during incubation it can go well but if we collect a cracked egg it has a low chance of success.
     
  10. DeYoungs

    DeYoungs Out Of The Brooder

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    The way I see it is, you have nothing to loose. [​IMG]
     

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