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HELP! Crazy repair job

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenegg17, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. chickenegg17

    chickenegg17 New Egg

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    First of all, I'm posting this with extreme anguish. Last night I went to go lock down an egg and I candled it prior. No movement, black areas, and no pretty red veins. I thought the chick was a goner. So I went to the eggtopsythrough the air cell and there was the chick! It was opening and closing its beak. [​IMG] Here's what I did: I took a shell from another egg, cleaned it and made a patch for the hole. Sealed it with wax and glue. Put it in the incubator with high humidity. I'm really worried now that I overdid the patch job?! Is there enough air flow or should I make a little pin hole on the top? And then wondering how it will be able to pip through with the wax and glue. The patch job almost completely covers the top of the egg.
    I'm thinking I need to put a couple of pin holes on the top? What do you think????? Please help, I feel horrible!
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    What day was the egg on when this happened? Was it internally pipped? It sounds like it was internally pipped. If so the patch was not necessary and you could have just left the hole.

    What you do next depends on what day it's on and whether it was internally pipped or not.
     
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  3. Eggcessive

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  4. chickenegg17

    chickenegg17 New Egg

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    It was internally pipped. Day 18. Should I open the hole back up? It was a large egg, hole the size of a dime.
     
  5. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    I'd just put a small safety hole in the top for now, since you are concerned it won't be able to externally pip through the patch job. Use a small sharp screw or drill bit to make a little hole.
     
  6. chickenegg17

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    Thank you! Have you ever heard of someone doing this before and the chick surving? Where should I keep the humidity? Should I place the egg on a wet paper towel?
     
  7. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Don't place the egg on a wet paper towel, this could cause chilling.

    Yes, I help people with assisted hatches all the time and believe me, this is not the worst thing I've seen by a long shot, lol. Your chick is very likely going to be just fine.

    Keep the humidity at regular lockdown levels, 65-70% is good.
     
  8. chickenegg17

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    We have a small hole now. Unfortunately I am out of town, but my husband peaked in there with his fiber optic scope and he doesn't see any movement. I hope it's just sleeping, but I have a bad feeling:(
     
  9. chickenegg17

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    [​IMG]

    It's sort of a messy repair job.
     
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  10. chickenegg17

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    I'm afraid it didn't make it. Sad day
     

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