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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Farm Frenzy, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Oak Hill, Florida
    Day 18, everything is perfect, temp, humidity...everything. Going for a 100% hatch, and today is the day to stop turning. What does my 2 year old daughter do, gets into my incubator!!!! i don't even know how she managed because I have it so out of reach for almost me even! She takes all 7 eggs out and puts them in with my 2 week old silkies. Now 3 are broken, not through the membrane, but the shell is broken, do you think they can still live? They are still moving around and stuff. Oh My God, I can't believe this is happening to me!!!![​IMG]
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    OH no! So sorry that happened. I have read on other threads where people have even dropped their egg and it lived so don't give up on them. put them back in the bator and let they try. If they are still moving they may have a chance. [​IMG]
  3. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    they may live,, i would try to keep my humidity way up,, the ones that are cracked will start to dry out fast.
    sorry im not much help,, this hasnt happened to me....yet.
  4. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Unfortunately I have heard many, many stories of toddlers ruining hatches like that. Those eggs are too tempting for little hands!

    Good luck with the remaining eggs.
  5. You could seal up the egg cracks with a little bit of clean wax. That might keep the moisture in & still allow them to hatch.
  6. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Oak Hill, Florida
    Here is a picture of the worst one. It's really bad, the others are just have little pieces of egg shell missing. But this one, is really the one I'm worried about!!!
  7. mudderhen

    mudderhen Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Clarkesville, GA
    WOW! It looks bad, but don't let that discourage you. I think if you can still see it moving around in there, lay or wrap a wet paper towel around it to keep it moist and also keep the humidity up and see what happens. It may surprise you. You are supposed to up the humidity anyway for the hatch, so it couldn't hurt.
  8. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    I was going to say the same thing. Wrap that thing up in a warm wet paper towel and check it often to make sure it has dampness around it so it does not dry out. Kids are priceless aren't they! [​IMG]
  9. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    There is still hope, I've read on here about someone thinking their eggs weren't going to hatch so they threw them away just to find out one hatched in the trash can.
  10. Do the papertowel thing...don't pick at the shell AT ALL. It might well be just fine. It just needs to stay warm and moist. On the others, I would either use the wax or a very small piece of scotch tape over the cracks. Keep us posted...[​IMG]
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