I just fractured an egg shell on day 16. Help! It's oozing..

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Andora, May 5, 2009.

  1. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I was candling an egg and it just...cracked. I don't know why! It has the air cell on the side, but it looks like it's developing fine. The crack is very thin, it's not oozing or anything. (Yet...) I could hardly find it when I turned the lights on. What should I do?? Tape? Candle wax? Or just let it be?
    Last edited: May 6, 2009
  2. UrbanPolish

    UrbanPolish Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 14, 2009
    I've read that when you inject eggs with dye to seal it back up with wax... So if I were in your situation I would use wax [​IMG]
  3. Lyz

    Lyz Out Of The Brooder

    May 2, 2009
    Ashtabula, Ohio
    I have one in the bator that has been fractured for about 4 days...almost dropped it when candling...my eggs are on day 13 ...and so far it is still doing fine...the crack has not gotten any bigger...nor has the chick slowed in any way...it is still developing like the rest...hope this helps...
  4. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    My first urge was to put electrical tape on it. [​IMG] But then I thought that might impede hatching. Poor little chick, it already has the air cell in the wrong spot, and now it has a hairline fracture too...
  5. chiknhut

    chiknhut Chillin' With My Peeps

    I put clear tape (like you wrap gifts with) on 2 that I cracked by accident. I always do the wrong thing it seems but both hatched without any problems. I just put enough on there to cover the crack.
  6. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I think I will try that. It seems easier than candle wax...I am accident prone, so dripping melted wax on an already delicate egg might cause serious disaster. [​IMG]
  7. susand24224

    susand24224 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 15, 2008
    Last year the candler rolled off the top of the incubator and smashed into an egg on about day 16. Not only did the egg crack, it was about three quarters of the way around, much like an almost done hatch. The egg hatched. Whenever I had to open the incubator for anything, I misted it very lightly (but my crack was much more significant than yours), and I probably killed half of the other eggs babying this one, but the egg is now a Buckeye rooster.
  8. jacyjones

    jacyjones Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
    Aberystwyth, Wales

    I think handling these fragile things makes us all more nervous and so more prone to mishap!! I am scared stiff most of the time!! Good luck.
  9. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I didn't tape it last night, I fell asleep. whoops. I just went and checked, and the crack grew and it oozed a bit. What should I do now?? Toss it? I'm afraid it might explode or something. Is there any chance it is still alive? We're on day 17 now...poor chick :-(
  10. melissaohio

    melissaohio New Egg

    May 1, 2009
    you can try a little non toxic elmers glue on it.

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