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

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hangin Wit My Peeps, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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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?
     
  2. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

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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....
     
  3. wildforrabbits

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    I agree. Not worth the risk.
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

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    Well I put some wax over the hole but I think I may take your advice and discard it anyhow. I don't want to take the chance if it can harm all the other eggs.
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, if you try it, keep a very keen nose on the bator and pull it as soon as anything smells.
     
  6. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Discard it! :eek: Bacteria is most likely already in the egg. [​IMG] Sorry that it cracked. [​IMG] Good luck with the other eggs! [​IMG]
     
  7. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  8. 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
     
  9. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

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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... [​IMG]
     
  10. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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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 [​IMG]
     

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