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Found cracked egg w/ embryo still developing...can it be saved???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 77horses, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    A couple of my hens are broody and I've been candling the eggs (there are about 10 total eggs under both of them), and I noticed that one was cracked...And not just a small crack, either. The membrane in broken and I can see the embryo with its tiny beating heart inside, and it's really sad because I don't think I can save it. [​IMG] But just in case, I'm posting here to see if anyone can think of a way to save it??? The crack is about the size of the tip of my pinky finger, and it's big enough that I can see a small part of the yolk/embryo with it's little heart beating away. [​IMG] Is there any way I could save it? I know there probably isn't, since the membrane is open and that means bacteria will get in if it hasn't already...if just the shell had cracked, I would've had a better chance of saving it, but the membrane is cracked too so I don't think it can be saved. [​IMG] But if anyone has any ideas, please let me know!

    Thanks! [​IMG]


    (I'll also post some pictures in a little while...)
     
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    I've never done it my self but I remember reading on here some thing about felling/sealing cracks in eggs with wax. I'll see if I can find a post...
     
  3. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    Quote:Yeah I've heard of that too, but the problem is that I think it was only for cracked shells, not when the membrane is cracked too like in my situation.

    Thanks!
     
  4. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

  5. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    Quote:Thank you!
    Unfortunately, the situations on these threads don't seem to be as bad as mine. [​IMG] I would try candle wax, but the crack is just too big and the wax would just fall into the egg. [​IMG]

    Also, I wanted to post pictures but my uploads is full because I'm suddenly no longer a GFM and it's going to take a while to (individually [​IMG]) delete each photo before I can upload any more...It would be A LOT easier if there was "delete multiple" though. [​IMG]

    Anyways, if you have any other ideas please feel free to share!
     
  6. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    [CONFIDENTIAL]
    [​IMG] I honestly have no clue what to do...The membrane is drying out and the crack is just too big for candle wax, plus I don't currently have an incubator on hand...So I'm pretty sure there's no chance for this one. [​IMG] But if anyone happens to have an idea, feel free to post.

    Thanks!
     
  7. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    [CONFIDENTIAL]
    Finally got the pictures to upload, although they're not very good. [​IMG]
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  8. okiedrifter

    okiedrifter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can try a crayon over it but I bet its a gonner...or a piece of duck tape...
     
  9. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    [CONFIDENTIAL]
    Quote:Do you mean a melted crayon? ...and I don't think duck tape would hold in enough moisture. [​IMG] The membrane is already turning white so it's drying out already.
    So I guess it's a goner. [​IMG] Poor little embryo.
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    you can put a piece of tape over the crack or liquid band aide. I had a cracked egg that hatched out fine.
     

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