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Old 24-06-2019, 08:06 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by steve56616 View Post
She laid today. 3 eggs. This time I am more hopeful as I witnessed a few matings over the past few months.
I haven't got them in the incubator yet as im running it first to make sure.
Can I clean them as they are a bit dirty from soil and makes it so hard to candle? I am also going to incubate at 32.5 for female. Is this correct?
You dont have to clean them:0)
But its your choice.
And yes more chance of females if incubated at 32.5. I used to use this temp and did get mostly females. If using a bought incubator then you should get more females. Mine was home made:0)
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Old 24-06-2019, 10:19 PM   #32
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Thanks Sandy. I will let you know how it goes. Fingers crossed for fertile eggs this year
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Old Yesterday, 07:42 AM   #33
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Good luck, Steve. Let us know how you get on. x
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Old Yesterday, 07:56 AM   #34
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Hi Steve.
I clean all my eggs as it is easier as you say to see what's happening.
Just be careful when doing it as some can become very slippery and can slip out of your fingers.
I allow mine to dry before marking them with a pencil.
Good luck and as Emma says keep us informed.
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Old Yesterday, 04:16 PM   #35
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Years and years ago, when I used to raise ducks, all the literature I read about eggs told me to not wash off the slimy coating as that is a protection for the egg. So I don't wash off the tortoise eggs either. I just take a paper towel and brush off the dirt as best as I can.
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