Worth trying to patch this cracked egg?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rin, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Rin

    Rin Songster

    Oct 22, 2009
    Moonglade (EU)
    Just got 15 eggs in the mail to be put in my incubator tomorrow only thing is... one of them is very apparently cracked on the small end;


    The air sac is also very detached and so freely moving it would probably go all the way to the small end.

    Is it worth trying to save this lil eggie? If so, how is the best way you've found?

  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    If it was JUST the crack, it might be possible to save it, but that's one large crack! But, with a detached air cell, I personally wouldn't even try. However, if you DO want to try, you can drip candle wax (unscented/undied - like the candles you use when there's a power failure) all along the crack.
  3. suburbanminifarm

    suburbanminifarm Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    N.San Diego County
    My opinion; I would try to patch it with candle wax. Can't hurt to try. Also, shipped eggs with detached air cells have a better chance if incubated on their ends, not laying down (so the air cell is in the correct place- in the large end)
  4. JordanFamily

    JordanFamily Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Archie, MO
    IDK [​IMG] I just had an egg that I cracked getting out of the coop and patched it with a small bandaid... It got to 14 days and then quit... I think it could not make enough veins to survive with the disruption to the egg... I would try if you have room for it in the bator... Good Luck.
  5. spikennipper

    spikennipper Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    Kent, UK.
    I wouldn't bother with the crack alone let alone the loose air cell [​IMG] it's entirely up to you what you do with it though, I guess if you give it a try at least you'll know what will come of it, just check it after 7 days and if no development bin it.
  6. oesdog

    oesdog Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    If you have room for it give it a go. No loss if it doesn't grow. But if you bin it you lost it anyhow.
    You never know it may be ok. I just got a chick from a cracked egg 3 weeks ago and it is doing fine! And I didn;t know about candle wax! Though I had another egg with a crack and it just went bad and I got nothing. Your call but honestly while there is a small chance I would go for it!

    Oesdog [​IMG] [​IMG] If you don;t try you will never know????
  7. Rin

    Rin Songster

    Oct 22, 2009
    Moonglade (EU)
    Thank you everyone.. decided to give it at least a shot. If I don't see anything by day 7(?) will... bin it. [​IMG] And ooh wax will try that right now - to see what happens. [​IMG]

  8. FaithAnn

    FaithAnn Songster

    Jun 7, 2009
    Mobile, Alabama
    Believe it or not, I had one cracked just like that in the set of eggs I have in the incubator right now. I put wax on it when it first happened. On day 18 the cracked egg is developing right along with the others. Its only day 20, so it hasn't hatched, but I am hopeful

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