Urgent!! Live Chick In Cracked Egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jaguar6, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Jaguar6

    Jaguar6 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2009

    I was tossing out the bad eggs in my incubator and low and behold there was 1 live in chick in one of them. A part of the shell is missing because I thought the egg was bad and started opening it to see what went wrong. I didn't know if I should seal it back up or not. So I put a sterile gauze on the crack and taped it. Do you think the chick will live and pip through the rest or should I help it out?
  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Got pics? I heard you have to keep the membrane moist...
  3. Jaguar6

    Jaguar6 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2009
    Too late it died....I am not touching the last 2 just in case....will leave in bator a few more days.
  4. Litewings

    Litewings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2008
    Summerfield, NC
    This past fall I had something like this happen to me.
    I had a hatch where about 6 hatched out and were out for about 3 days.
    On this 3rd day I opened up the incubator, removed the chicks and placed them in the brooder.
    About two hours later I heard a cherp coming from the incubator. There was a chick that was hatching out when I had opened the incubator eariler. The hole was on the bottom and I didn't notice it when I removed the others.

    I helped the chick out of the shell and placed him in the brooder with the others.

    some of the dried membrane stayed stuck to him for a few days but then fell off.

    He did fine to my surprise.

    I wouldn't do this as a habit but once that membrane dries out you either help the chick out or it is going to die.


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