First I got a plain white utility candle. Unscented. I lit the candle and dripped wax onto every crack I could see. I even had to wipe a little blood off the egg. Poor baby! I was so worried! The egg was slightly dirty from the chicks that had hatched the week before. I didn't dare wipe it off at this point! I didn't want to risk removing the bloom or rubbing bacteria into the egg.
I made sure the cracks were all sealed to prevent bacteria from entering the egg through the cracks. If bacteria gets in the egg to the developing chick it could end the development process. I really didn't want to lose this chick. I pulled out my candling light and made sure all the cracks were covered with wax. I didn't cover the whole egg, just the cracks.
I put the egg back in the incubator and waited...and waited. The wait was killing me, honestly! I candled the egg several times over the next 5 days. I just had to make sure it was still developing! Then came the day that I heard cheeping from the egg. I was so excited to see a little pip!
I checked on that egg at least 2 dozen times in the next few hours. I watched as he slowly zipped around. I was worried that the wax wouldn't give enough. I was prepared to have to chip the wax off myself, or help him break through it. Luckily he managed to zip completely and he finally popped the top off! He was laying there resting the next time I came in to check on him.
Here is a short video I made of hatch day. I don't recommend 'helping' in normal hatching conditions, but being that the shell was pretty much 'glued' back together with wax I decided to reach in and make sure he could get himself out:
We decided to call him Lucky. He certainly is one lucky little guy. Of course I'm hoping for a little roo! (that's a first, right?) I'll order a few hatching eggs from another breeder for a main roo, but if this one is a cockerel I'll keep him as a back up and give him some girls of his own. If it's a little pullet, she'll join the flock too. Either way I'm just glad to get one more chick out of my beloved 'Big Boy'. I miss the little guy, he was an awesome roo! There was so much personality packed into that little bantam. He did his 'rooster duties' with the rest of the flock but his best girl was Pebbles.....you never saw one without the other. She was his best friend and it was so stinkin cute! There are 2 more eggs that have been developing that I put under a Silkie mama. They were safe from my lid-dropping episode. They should hatch tomorrow.
I'm so happy to have this chick and possibly 2 more. RIP buddy......we'll take good care of your flock and new chicks!