Is a hairline crack in a shell a death sentence?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RiverMan420, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. RiverMan420

    RiverMan420 RIP 1963-2014

    Jun 16, 2011
    While candling my eggs this morning I noticed one of them had an almost undetectable hairline crack in the shell. Should I remove this egg? Or is there still a chance it will hatch...
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Quote:there is a good chance, some have been taped or waxed together to be sure...
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I had an egg that was cracked. I didn't notice it when I put it in the incubator and noticed it only after I had candled it, the egg had been in the incubator for several days and I saw the embryo in the egg moving. I just left the egg alone since it was a hairline crack and the membrane was intact. Come hatching day it hatched out fine.
  4. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I cracked a purchased egg right after putting in the bator. DOH. I put tape on it and it's developing nicely so far!
  5. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Hi RiverMan420, Welcome to Back Yard Chickens! [​IMG]

    It's usually recommended to remove eggs like this, because they have

    trouble keeping humidity, AND usually end up with some sort of bacteria

    sneaking in the egg. But you can put duct tape over the cracked erea, or

    even melted candle wax, to help lower the risk of this. People can and

    have hatched eggs like this, and your egg doesn't have a major crack,

    so I think it has a great chance. :) Good luck!
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop

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