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Old 24-06-2019, 08:06 AM   #31
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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 25-06-2019, 07:42 AM   #33
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Good luck, Steve. Let us know how you get on. x
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Old 25-06-2019, 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 25-06-2019, 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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Old 11-08-2019, 06:34 PM   #36
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Thought I'd post an update.
All three eggs are fertile and have know for a while now. Tomorrow is day 53 so nearly there. Few weeks ago I could see movement and obvious blood vessels. Today the air sac is quite large. Not much to see other than a few red blood vessels so I know they are all fine. Most is very dark so nothing to really see. I am assuming another 17 days and I should start to see babies
I will probably message nearer the time as not sure if I leave them to it as they have been or increase humidity etc. Don't want to do anything wrong after getting this far. Very excited!!
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Great news, Steve. Thanks for the update. Sounds like it won’t be long now.
It’s very exciting isn’t it. Very much looking forward to seeing some hatchling photos from you.
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Help please!!! What do I do? I think they are only 55 days today
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Old 18-08-2019, 06:49 PM   #39
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Sorry if I have posted the photo wrong
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Old 18-08-2019, 07:35 PM   #40
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Help please!!! What do I do? I think they are only 55 days today
It can take a couple of days for the hatchling to actually break completely out of the shell. As sometimes they break out with still a largish egg sac.
Keep them in the incubator until they are out. Of course keeping an eye on them.
If by any chance they do break out of the egg with an egg sac, dont panic :0)
As if small will absorb quite quickly, but keep on damp (not wet) kitchen towel, if out of the shell.
If a large egg sac, then place hatchling on damp kitchen roll in something like an egg cup so he/she is upright, and cant move about. In the incubator:0)
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