Cracked eggs in incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by silkiesnOTTBs, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. silkiesnOTTBs

    silkiesnOTTBs Out Of The Brooder

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    I placed my eggs in the incubator on the 12th and went to candlelight my 14 eggs. I picked up an egg that looked to have no cracks. When I candlelighted it, it had cracks in it. I took it out, finished cracking it open and we had a fertile egg with a fetus. So question: can you keep eggs like that in the incubator and still hatch them? What's everyones opinion on this?

    Thanks!
    Tricia
     
  2. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    YES, I hand turn my eggs and one time I had accidently dropped it. It cracked the smaller end of the egg, very large crack too.. I was devisated. So I got some tape and taped it up. It had also bled, well then I read some forums about what to do with a cracked egg. First thought for me was get that thing sealed back up, someone suggested Candle wax, so I took the tape off and put candle wax on the egg and sure enough that little bugger hatched. I candled him 2 hours after the crack to see if he was still moving and sure enough he was. So yes, even though it's cracked you can seal that bad boy up and still get a hatching...
     
  3. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a small crack in one of the shipped eggs in my incubator. I read on here that candle wax could be used to seal crack and others that said they are fine to hatch without doing anything. I used wax b/c some post said they dehydrated faster and the damaged egg can get bacteria and kill developing chick.
     
  4. Becci

    Becci Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the crack didn't splatter the egg to bits, and the membrane is still intact, you can melt a
    birthday candle and let the wax drip over the crack. Alot of people have successfully used
    duct or scotch tape to seal a cracked egg. The main concerns are bacteria entering the egg,
    and loosing to much humidity, therefore, you have to seal the crack somehow.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
     
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  5. Tracy the chick

    Tracy the chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my cracked egg. Its due on sunday, i candled it last night and its internally pipped. I was going to wax it but was worried it might seep through the cracks so i just taped it.
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  6. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OUCH!! I to had a cracked Chuckar a few weeks back it had not leaked .So I put a few drops of candle wax on it .It hatched and is running around my brooder with the rest..cva34
     
  7. silkiesnOTTBs

    silkiesnOTTBs Out Of The Brooder

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    Good news but I already got rid of the little bugger :/ next time I know :)
     
  8. dathy

    dathy Out Of The Brooder

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    seal it with a breathable substance and keep the crack sterile
     
  9. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    That crack looks as bad as the one I had dropped only mine was on the smaller end, and like I said it started bleeding and everything. I used candle wax and sure enough it hatched. As long as you seal it up in time it will hatch still. At least yours didn't bleed like mine..
     
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  10. nkamrath

    nkamrath New Egg

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    This year I purchased the automatic egg turner for my older foam little giant, still air incubator. On the older models the wafer mechanism hangs down making a very tight rotation for the eggs when they pass by it. Last Friday I noticed one of the eggs was smashed across most of the top from hitting the wafer bracket. The chick was moving under the membrane so I carefully put criss crossed small masking tape pieces over the cracks, making sure it was sealed. Tonight as the eggs are hatching I carefully pulled back the pieces of tape on the cracked egg and to my surprise that chick is trying to hatch. I suppose few people would have done that but I had to try something. I guess if you leave your egg in the incubator you will notice it leaking or a color change if it is a white egg.. I would just keep a close eye on it. Good luck
     

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