We just successfully hatched a cracked mallard egg scotch taped since day 5 of incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BrockBrood, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. BrockBrood

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    A lot of people have said it couldn’t be done so wanted to share that our first of 10 duck eggs hatched and it was a cracked egg that we scotch taped on day 5 of incubation. He is now named Scotch :)
    If anyone in CT is interested in Cayuga babies let me know.
    Also- looking for Frizzle hatching eggs and golden laced Wyandotte. Any help on where to begin looking would be greatly appreciated. I’d rather pickup local then ship.
     
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  2. Gray Farms

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    Was the membrane cracked as well or just the shell?
     
  3. BrockBrood

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    I’m not sure, I assume just the shell. He matured faster then the other eggs. I candled him daily assuming he wouldn’t make it. His air pocket was huge. I read cracked shells typically lose too much moisture and never make it. I literally scotch taped the 2 areas and got lucky he could pip and zip without touching the tape
     
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  5. Gray Farms

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    I bet it was just the shell. I've seen people melt wax onto a cracked egg and hatch it but not tape. I'll be trying this myself I think. I get a few eggs every year that get a little crack and I think "Dang I really wanted/needed to set this egg!"

    So if I understand correctly, you incubated this egg for 5 days, noticed the crack, then taped it. Right?
     
  6. BrockBrood

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    The egg was cracked on day 5. My 6 year old son was helping me rotate the eggs when 2 hit each other pretty hard resulting in the crack. I’ve heard of the wax too. Had scotch tape handy and we were lucky it worked! Again- especially because it wasn’t in a location that interfered with pipping and zipping. Good luck to you if you try it! I hope you have the same good fortune :)
     
  7. Gray Farms

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    Thanks
     
  8. Joeschooks

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    I’ve tried putting melted wax on cracked eggs (they cracked in the incubator for some reason) but I’ve never had any success with those eggs.
     
  9. Gray Farms

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    Friend of mine does it every year. She says about half go ahead and hatch.
     
  10. BrockBrood

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    Does wax or tape? Every thread I read said no chance except one, so we felt like we won lotto! Sorry to hear she has that many cracked eggs!
     

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