What are the chances of this damaged egg hatching?????????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gabby3535, May 24, 2010.

  1. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Chillin' With My Peeps

    One of the eggs under my broody has a smallish indentation, with starburst cracks in the shell.....but the membrane 'underneath' the shell (membrane between shell and chick) is still intact.
    Is there a chance this egg can hatch?
    I have 4 days until "Day 21" under her.................
    I do not have an incubator..........just my broody hen............
    Is there anything I should do to increase it's chances????? Or should I let nature take it's course?

    1st time hatcher..........Thank you!
  2. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

    Mar 3, 2009
    Lakeport, Ca.
    I just had a goose egg hatch that arrived to me cracked, so I sealed it with wax and set it anyway. But the baby was born with wry neck, so I guess It may not have been a good Idea to set it. [​IMG]
  3. macmama

    macmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Gilbert AZ
    I've heard to coat the crack with clear nail polish...
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Wax or nail polish.

    Kelsey wry neck is not caused from you sealing it, it is a vitamin deficiency [​IMG]
  5. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2008
    Northern Maine
    At this stage, I'd just let it be and see what happens. At worst, it won't hatch, which you're expecting may happen (and will happen if you remove the egg). At best-- you'll have a new baby in a few days. Let momma hen do her stuff- she's almost done!

    Last edited: May 24, 2010

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