Does it stand a chance?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LittlePygmyFarm, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. LittlePygmyFarm

    LittlePygmyFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I nave 2 broody bantams that have been sharing a nest for awhile now. I dont even know how long but at least 2 weeks. Anyways today I went out and they had knocked an egg out of the nest, and it was all broken up. Cracked in many spots but in tact and the membrane completely in tact still. I could see movement so I stuck it in the incubator with my guinea eggs. Do you think it would have any chance? Should I put it back under the hen? Its been several hours and I still see movement but no chirping. I also moved one hen to a seperate pen where she gladly adopted 4, 3 week old chicks :). I tried moving the nest about 2 weeks ago to a lower spot and they would not sit on it.
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What have you got to loose? I'd hit the cracks with some gorilla glue or nail polish. I'd leave it in the bator. Little quieter there. If it hatches, give it back to one of the hens.
     
  3. Bradfordj

    Bradfordj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Always a chance but if you are two weeks in I would caution against gluing with any chemicals. Maybe wax I'm not real sure, but I would be afraid of glues this far in
     
  4. LittlePygmyFarm

    LittlePygmyFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    O it's not just cracks it's completely missing pieces of shell in places. I mean, I'm amazed it stayed together when I picked it up lol. It's cracked and broken all around the whole egg but just barely holding together. I'll leave it in the bator but will the humidity be ok? It's ranging between 35-45% as I still have 3 weeks till my guineas hatch.
     
  5. LittlePygmyFarm

    LittlePygmyFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I checked it all around though and nothing is leaking out and the membrane looks to be still closed up with no holes.
     
  6. Bradfordj

    Bradfordj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That might be tricky. Since there is no she'll to.protect it I'm afraid the membrane may dry up really fast. I'm not expert but that one may be tough. Try though keep a close eye on. Let us know how.it goes!
     
  7. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone posted a couple of weeks ago about a similar situation. Took a piece of shell and glued it over the part that was missing. Chick hatched. It sounds like you are missing a significant amount of the shell but might be worth a try. Sterilize the shell first.
     
  8. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I used Neosporin last year to treat a similar issue. It was just a couple days before hatch, though.

    The petroleum jelly sealed the membrane from moisture transfer, and the antibiotic prevented infection.
     
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