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Candle wax on cracked eggs - Successful

Just wanted to say that I had two cracked eggs one each under two different clockers. I've never done anything with this before but this time I decided to try candle wax, and both eggs hatched in the last few days. One was a Welsummer pullet chick and the other a Barnevelder chick.

I've looked on line (YouTube) & I also see that this topic has been mentioned here in the past, a few years back, so I'm raising the topic again so any newer members who haven't had any experience with it can possibly learn. As I've said it's the first time I've done this so I'm no expert on the matter but I can say that using nail varnish would seem possibly a bit toxic in my mind, however some people have reported success, so there you go, I used an ordinary plain white candle.

Example 1. On day 18 Clocking hen up off next to do her business & I noticed a Welsummer egg had a chip/dent approx 5mm diameter and numerous hairline cracks (10-20mm long) splaying out from the dent centre.
Example 2 Barnevelder egg almost identical situation & also on day 18 of hatch.

METHOD: I candled Welsummer egg (using small torch in my hot press) but couldn't see any movement, but that's not unusual for a dark egg and so late in hatch. I then simply lit a candle then poured wax onto the effected area. The wax obviously rolls down the egg and I let it dry. A minute later when wax dry I simply used a kitchen knife to scrape off excess wax that had rolled down the egg and put egg back. Next day I noticed another hairline crack and repeated process, chick hatched bang on day 21. I did not remove wax at piping, and apparently no issue at all. The Barnevelder egg was not quite as badly cracked & chick hatched day 21/22 as well.

In both cases I don't know exactly long the cracks had been there, anything from one to seven days max. I dont know if it was because at day 18 the embryo's where well established or if the particular breeds made a difference. All I know for certain is that in the past I've lost chicks because of this but this time I've two healthy chicks & I would 100% recommend you to do the same. I'd welcome comments from other members too & their experiences to try & help others. Thanks, Al

Al Toffee
Sunday, May 28th, 2017

I have used this method in the past but in the past 20 odd years usually use PVA wood glue.

Flock Master
Sunday, May 28th, 2017

use clear nail varnish

pearl
Monday, May 29th, 2017

Much simpler to use eggs that are,nt cracked in the first place i find instead of faffin around with nail varnish or wood glue.

nama-man
Monday, June 5th, 2017

i never put under cracked eggs, but sometimes broodies are clumsey

pearl
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

To clarify I wouldn't put cracked eggs under hen either. I discovered both eggs on day 18, having already candled eggs around day 10. As noted hens can be clumsy at times and I've lost chicks in the past in this way. The purpose of the post was to give people an option of possibly saving a chick & I went into lengthy detail so as to help people with no experience, no faffin involved but two chicks saved.

Al Toffee
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

well done.

pearl
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017


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