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Help! I cracked a shell on day 27 of duck egg incubation!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by crashley, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. crashley

    crashley In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2016
    Roy, utah
    I'm an idiot and I was trying to see if my ducklings had internally pipped yet so I dangled a small flashlight inside my homade glass aquarium incubator to candle them without opening the lid. I dropped the flashlight on the eggs! It made a tiny crack in the air cell of 2 eggs! Luckily the crack is only in the air cell and the ducklings are still moving so I know they are alive. I don't think that they have pipped internally yet. Should I try to repair the crack or leave it be? My temperature is 98 degrees and humidity is reading about 75% but I worry that the crack could dry them out so they can't pip? Also, the air cell seams really big. Like a bit bigger than 1/3 of the egg. I'm so worried I've hurt their hatch! This is my first time hatching and I'm a mess!

  2. Urlec

    Urlec In the Brooder

    May 25, 2016
    North Saskatchewan River
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2016

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