Hatched a cracked egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by urbanagrarian, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. urbanagrarian

    urbanagrarian Songster

    Feb 4, 2007
    I just finished a test hatch with my new hova-bator 1588. I noticed that one of the 8 eggs was cracked when I candled it after a week. I just left it in the bator without trying to repair it. I got lucky and it hatched! I'm so glad I didn't toss it.

    I put a photo of the cracked egg on my blog.

  2. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Very kewl !!! A bit of good luck that. I had a cracked one in the bator last spring. It started to ooze about 2/3 of the way thru process and had to be pitched.

    I seem to recall reading someone had put a bit of glue on a crack and it hatched successfully.

    But there is a lot of luck involved in hatching eggs of any kind..lol.

    Good job and nice pics on the blog !!!!

  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Glad the egg hatched for you!

    BTW - what ever happened with the hen with the ear infection. Wasn't that your post originally??
  4. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    So how overall did the test hatch go? Im going to order a 1588 next week.
  5. urbanagrarian

    urbanagrarian Songster

    Feb 4, 2007
    Sadly the hen with the ear infection died.
  6. d_rooster

    d_rooster Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    North Augusta, SC
    Sorry to hear about the poor hen with the ear infection. :aww

    When I recently got the Welsummer eggs, one had a crack and had oozed a little bit of white, but seemed to have sealed itself. I wiped off the dried egg white and put a small piece of Scotch tape over the crack to reinforce it before placing it in the incubator. I'll be interested to see if this taped up egg makes it. I plan to candle at the end of Day 4 tonight. However, I will keep candling that particular egg on a regular basis to be sure it doesn't rot and potentially spoil the rest of the hatch. If it looks like it's still going strong at Day 18, then I guess I'll have to gently remove the tape or watch the egg closely to be sure the chick doesn't try to pip where the tape is located. Would orienting the egg with the taped portion down help to encourage pipping on the opposite (top) side of the egg?
  7. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Congrats on hatching the cracked egg!

    Of course, now I feel bad for not trying to hatch the two BR eggs I had that had only tiny little fractures in their shells... sigh [​IMG]

    Also, sorry to hear about the hen with the ear infection.

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