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Egg severely cracked on day 20/21, help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HobbyDragonisCool, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. HobbyDragonisCool

    HobbyDragonisCool Chirping

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    View attachment 1851251 View attachment 1851250 There are 3 viable eggs that were due this weekend under one of my broody hens. This afternoon, one pipped and about 45 min later completely hatched. Healthy and SO SO CUTE. Upon looking, a second one that I didn’t realized may have pipped earlier was cracked. I assumed I may have missed it, but am considering mama may have accidentally crushed it? I expected it to be just as quick as the first one but It’s been 5-6 hrs now. Looks like the membrane is dry. Chick isn’t chirping but I keep checking and there is movement. What should I do?!
     
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  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    If you have coconut oil, vaseline or even vegtable oil ... Rub it on the membrane to keep it moist. Careful not to get oil in the nostrils.
    Tagging help ... @Pyxis @oldhenlikesdogs @sylviethecochin
    Thank you in advance :hugs

    I know what I told my daughter to do but I'm not experienced enough to advise ;)
     
  3. HobbyDragonisCool

    HobbyDragonisCool Chirping

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    I have coconut oil! I feel awful. Thank you for your advice.
     
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  4. HobbyDragonisCool

    HobbyDragonisCool Chirping

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    I used a small paint brush and rubbed everywhere there was exposed membrane. Looks like it softened a lot. Put it back under mom, hoping it survives the night. Thank you so much!
     
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  5. casportpony

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    It's been my experience that once they get that cracked that they will die if you put them back under the hen.
     
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  7. HobbyDragonisCool

    HobbyDragonisCool Chirping

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    Why is that? Today was hatch day and doesn’t seem to be making it worse. I don’t have an incubator, what would you suggest? Heating pad?
     
  8. HobbyDragonisCool

    HobbyDragonisCool Chirping

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    I would have gone to pick up an incubator if I originally thought it would come to this. Unfortunately stores are now closed near me. Would you think a heating pad, wet rag and Tupperware would work?
     
  9. HobbyDragonisCool

    HobbyDragonisCool Chirping

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    Oh shoot! I just clicked the link on how to make an incubator. I’m pretty sure I have all that equipment.
     
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  10. casportpony

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    Maybe others have had different experiences, but the times I left the cracked egg under the hen the chick or duckling has died. I recently hatched a duck egg in a homemade hatcher using a plastic bin, heating pad, and towels:
    Homemade Hatcher Experiment

    @Pyxis, @WVduckchick, what would you guys do?
     

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