The quest to hatch the cracked or dented egg -- does it EVER work?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Denninmi, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    It seems like every time I get shipped eggs, there are always a few that are dented or slightly cracked.

    If it's too severe, obviously it's time to discard it. But, I've tried to "repair" a few with minor dents/spider vein type cracks in small areas.

    I tried candle wax last time. The egg did begin to develop but didn't make it.

    I received quail eggs in the mail Saturday. I've got 4 Coturnix eggs now like this. 2 came this way. I dented the other 2 accidentally while handling.

    My new approach -- I dabbed the damaged spot with a dollop of Neosporin and then put a bandage on the egg.

    I highly doubt this will work. I have 51 undented eggs and 4 dented, so it's not like its a big deal if it doesn't work.

    If half of these eggs hatch I'll be happy. I think I've decided that I should always overbuy on shipped eggs because the success rate is so low.

    Has anyone successfully incubated an egg that was damaged like this going into the incubator? And, if so, how did you repair it prior to setting
  2. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

    Jun 10, 2010
    I've not personally hatched cracked eggs, but I've seen people on here speaking of their hatches and success with them. There was someone a bit ago who had a duckling whose mom stabbed the egg with her beak in late incubation and that one lived. Someone about a week or two ago hatched a cracked egg after wax repairs. The bigger issue is probably not the crack, but the shipping/handling having scrambled the egg prior to crack.
  3. hurleygirlie05

    hurleygirlie05 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hey- just found this thread. I wanted to know if neosporin and bandaid worked? Any other successful techniques?
  4. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    I've tried to patch eggs that crack in shipping... with poor luck.
    But I currently have an egg in the 'bator that I accidentally cracked while I was candling them :(
    I immediately sealed the cracks with Elmer's glue.... It has continued to develop and is due to hatch this weekend.

    I think if you can patch it immediately you have pretty good odds.
    But if it has been too long, then bacteria have already gotten into the egg and it will rot... despite what you do.
  5. SallysCrazyFarm

    SallysCrazyFarm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2012
    I have hatched out a cracked egg. It had a little hairline crack. I didn't do anything special with it. Hatched out just fine. I've heard on people putting candle wax on cracked eggs.
  6. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Van Vleck ,TX
    Had a Chuckar egg a couple months ago had a 1/4 x1/16 in dent/crack.But no liquid.Put hot candle wax on it .Hatched a month or so ago and is growing like a weed...cva34
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    We recently hatched a turkey from an egg we dropped at the day twenty five candling. Shattered the pointy end pretty badly but did not tear the membrane. Hatched out just fine.
  8. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Several peoples already posting their experiences with cracked eggs, some did make it, but the other didn't make it.
    From what I read, they mostly use wax, like you did the last time.
    At least you did try although it failed.
    Wish you luck :)

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