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Help! Cracked egg emergency!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by krista74, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can some experienced chicken folk please help me?

    Broody (our hen) got out of the nest today and dropped an egg from under her wing. I heard the crack as she did it, and sure enough there is a little circular crack, with a straight line coming off the circle in both directions, spanning half the circumference of the egg.

    In a panic, hubby put superglue over the crack. It didn't set, so I gently wiped that off with a warm, damp tissue to remove both the glue (and the glue smell), and we applied candle wax to the crack.

    I am confident that the whole crack is covered with wax, and I wiped it as it went on hot so that it was a thin-ish layer.

    Is the chick likely to survive? It was definitely alive at first (I candled it before I put the wax on) and was only out of the nest for 10 minutes maximum. We were quite gentle with it and I held it to keep it warm.

    This is my first batch of chicks and I am desperate to know if it will be ok, or if it is destined to die.

    Please help!

    - Krista
     
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    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should mention also that this is Day 10, and it does not appear that the membrane was punctured....
     

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