Eggs with cracks??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jwatts, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. jwatts

    jwatts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    What does everyone do if they have eggs with small cracks in them when going into the incubator? Do you patch them up with parafin wax,nail polish,etc.? I have a few hairline cracks in some eggs that i really was wishing to put in the incu. There not leaking anything, i barely noticed the cracks untill i candled them prior to putting them in. Thank you for your time
  2. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    Unless they are some super rare breed of hatching eggs you need to hatch, I always toss cracked ones. I never set them because they are so much more likely to rot and stink and bust than to hatch.

    If you feel you have to set them, Elmer's Glue or wax them. Keep a really close eye on them! A cracked egg will ooze and ruin your other eggs much sooner and without as much warning as a good egg.
  3. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    I decided to set an egg that had tiny cracks in it like you described. You can see where the cracks were in this picture. I think the hen had kicked all the shavings out of the box, and when the egg came out, it hit the hard floor.


    I watched it carefully, and it developed and hatched perfectly normally.

    I don't think it hurts to set it, and just watch it to make sure it doesn't start weeping or rotting.
  4. I know some people patch it up by mealting wax over the whole!
    Good Luck!

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