help! egg damaged on day 21

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FromChictoChick, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. FromChictoChick

    FromChictoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A chick hatched in the incubator over night tonight and while banging around in there damaged another egg pretty good. The egg had not pipped externally (too dark to see if it pipped internally) and I didn't hear anything from the damaged egg. Nothing liquid came out of the damage egg.

    What should I do? Leave it alone or try to peel off the damaged parts?
     
  2. NJchixs

    NJchixs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not experienced in hatching, but I've heard of others using crazy glue or nail polish to seal up cracks or peck holes. Also putting wet paper towel over to keep moist. I hope someone chimes in to help.
     
  3. FromChictoChick

    FromChictoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Damaged egg. ... covered it with a damp piece of paper towel... Does it look viable?
     
  4. NJchixs

    NJchixs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww poor thing. Is it moving? Sorry that happened.
     
  5. FromChictoChick

    FromChictoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure I just see yolk
     
  6. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Is it day 21 for all the eggs? If so I'd carefully open it. Reason is the membrane is now exposed to air and will shrink wrap the chick suffocating it.
     
  7. FromChictoChick

    FromChictoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's day 22 now. I'll try to assist and see
     
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I can't see much from that pic, but if there's yolk that you can see DON'T open it further. The chick needs to absorb the yolk and the blood in the membrane before it can come out and if you open the egg further now you risk rupturing the yolk sac and/or killing the chick. Wrap it in a damp cloth and keep it in the incubator with the humidity high, so it doesn't dry out. Here is an article on assisted hatches that explains the hatching process in detail and pics. It also explains how and when to assist. This can take hours and hours, especially if the yolk sac hasn't been absorbed yet. Have a look and best of luck!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching
     
  9. FromChictoChick

    FromChictoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The egg was a dud so no worries
     

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