Tiny Part of shell missing but membrane still intact...ok to hatch?

Hangin Wit My Peeps

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I Just got my eggs from miss prissy and I noticed on one egg that there was a tiny chip in the shell but the membrane is just fine...is this egg ok to hatch or should I discard it? Is there anything I can put on it to make it safe for the growing chick?
 

prariechiken

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Discard it...the last thing you want is an egg that allows bacteria in to rot and blow up on your good eggs, thus ruining your hatch....
 

77horses

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Discard it! :eek: Bacteria is most likely already in the egg.
Sorry that it cracked.
Good luck with the other eggs!
 

Buckaroo

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Loose the egg, there is a slight chance that with care might hatch, but most likely will give you more problems than its worth.
 

klf73

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Ok, I gonna go against everyone else here. Having successfully hatched a cracked shipped egg, I say go for it. Just keep an eye(and nose) out for it. Mine had broken egg contents on it and I just put it in because I was so disappointed so many were broken. I have an araucana egg in the bator that is also cracked from shipping that is on day 16(I think), I just waxed it on day 3 when I saw development. Just remember to remove the wax before it goes into the hatcher if it gets that far. Good luck!
Krista
 

prariechiken

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Quote:Pretty brave to risk an entire hatch because of one.....seen too many hens roll a chipped or cracked egg out from under her....I tend to think a hen would know best...
 

klf73

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Nope, just sounds like such a small spot to not worry about. I have caught every bad egg out of my bator. I smell it daily. I pay a lot of money since I get mostly rare breeds so just tossing one just seems silly to me. It wouldn't hurt to wait a few days and see if it even develops. I am on my second cracked egg and since the membrane wasn't penetrated there were no issues. I think a lot of things are exaggerated and when I stopped worrying so much I actually started enjoying hatching and not stressing. To each their own but I am a true hatchaholic and can't just give up
 

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