Dropped and cracked an egg while candling

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  1. AmyLang

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    Curious as to thoughts from anyone with experience or knowledge on the subject. We are entering day 18...so I did a final candling. While doing so, I dropped an egg and it cracked on the air sac end. No fluids leaking, and I put it right back into the incubator. I will watch it closely for the next couple of days. Is it safe to leave in there? And any chance it can survive? I "thought" that I saw movement in the egg right after it happened and I had closed up the incubator...but I'm not sure. If I need to take it out, I want to do so before I risk the hatch of the others...
     
  2. MapleLeaf86

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    I've read before that people use things like a small amount of candle wax to seal cracks, as it prevents bacteria from entering and can still be easily cracked by the chick. I'm still new so I have no experience trying it myself.
     
  3. Impress

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    I paint cracks with Elmer's Glue and a paintbrush, put it back in once it is dry. The rule is though if it hatches you have to name it Elmer. [​IMG]
     
  4. AmyLang

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    The crack (actually a few cracks) is a big enough crack to almost see into the egg....It isn't just a small crack. Would it still be safe to do this?
     
  5. Impress

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    Okay, all I have is my own experience with this, so I will tell you what has happened to me. I had a duck egg get caught in my turner, I hadn't put the rack back on the shelf right and it got caught and crunch! This was a day before lockdown.

    It managed to pip, but the inner membrane was so dry from the crack, it was trapped in there, shrink wrapped.

    If I could do it over again, I would have watched that one like a hawk, and as soon as it made a pip on that inner membrane, I would have been wetting it regularly and slowly peeling it off and out. It was SO dry. I think the crack just let it get too super dry in the air cell and spelled its doom.
     
  6. AmyLang

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    Thank you for the info! I have been trying to come up with a way to do something similar. I'm curious about a tube through the vent with a small syringe to keep it wet when it gets to that point?? That is...if it ever does get to that point. hmmmmmm.....

    My original thought was that I had just killed the chick. But...the more I thought about it. If it hasn't broken through, and IF the cracks are at the air sac only, then there might be a chance for it???
     
  7. MapleLeaf86

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    Until you know otherwise, I'd always assume it's alive. Animals sometimes show to be amazingly strong.
     
  8. AmyLang

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    Thank you...I'm hoping. Keeping fingers crossed. And sidenote...I didn't think it was immediately dead...but prognosis-wise...figured that I had just determined it's fate...
     
  9. AmyLang

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    The egg is still moving a bit here and there. I have about 5 of them wiggling around just a bit...so this is a good sign.
     
  10. MapleLeaf86

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    Yay! Hang in there little egg (and Amy!)
     
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