How To Patch An Egg????

Lesalynn

Songster
10 Years
Jul 25, 2009
534
8
131
Darnell, Louisiana
Okay, day 14 just finished candling my 8 eggs...all 8 chicks are very much alive and well:D
....One problem. I have one egg with an very small piece of shell missing on the large end of the egg in the air sac area. The membrane is completely intact, and this particular egg always has very thick membrane. So, is it possible to mend this egg, and hopefully have it hatch?
 

jbeal9

Chirping
10 Years
Aug 17, 2009
51
4
86
I've never done this but I have read threads and seen pics of eggs that have been repaired with wax. I don;t know what sort of wax they use.. Maybe paraffin?
 

Lesalynn

Songster
10 Years
Jul 25, 2009
534
8
131
Darnell, Louisiana
Yeah, I have read about that, too. I am worried about it being in the area the chick will most likely start pipping, tho. Do you think the wax will make it too hard for the chick, if that is the case???
 

jbeal9

Chirping
10 Years
Aug 17, 2009
51
4
86
I would guess it could be removed once he starts pipping but that would require opening the incubator which I understand is a big no-no. What are the odds he will pip that exact area? You said it's small.. how small? like a grain of rice or so?
 

Lesalynn

Songster
10 Years
Jul 25, 2009
534
8
131
Darnell, Louisiana
It's pretty small, like a small piece of confetti......Do you think maybe I could remove it when I put them on lockdown???? I mean, hopefully the wax would have done it's job by then....
 

jbeal9

Chirping
10 Years
Aug 17, 2009
51
4
86
Okay I just did a search on sealing an egg with wax. One member said she had a pretty bad crack in one of her eggs but the membrane was intact so she left it alone and it hatched fine. I think you'd be okay to leave it or to be sure put a dab of wax on the chip and peel it off on lockdown. But, as I said, I have never done this.. in fact I have just completed building my incubator and have set my first batch. I have relied HEAVILY on the message board (past and present) to get me to this point!
 

Redcatcher

Songster
9 Years
May 7, 2010
1,001
9
154
At My Desk!
A small piece of the sticky part of bandaid will work just fine. It is just porous enough to let it breath without drying out.
 

funfeatheredfeet

In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 30, 2010
71
0
29
The Beautiful Ozarks
I think this site and all you people are just so great. I am incubating for the first time right now and this is wonderful how much I have learnt just reading all these threads. So very interesting. Good luck Lesalynn, I hope you will keep us posted how this little egg does. I am going to subscribe, so, maybe you will let us know.
Thanks, Rhonda
 

jbeal9

Chirping
10 Years
Aug 17, 2009
51
4
86
Good idea on the band aid. I bet that'd work. Would you remove it at lockdown?
 

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