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Input please on my improvised incubator.

Discussion in 'Tortoise Breeding' started by ZEROPILOT, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. Anyfoot

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    I would have thought the same, I've left mine in the ground for 2 or 3 days before digging them up before because I was too busy, believe me, I have zero finesse. Mine are now chalking up. I wouldn't worry about it if they haven't chalked yet.
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    It's not shown up on the photo very well Ed. But you can see this one has started to chalk, the date and initials PR are in the chalked area. This egg was layed on 16/11/16. So 19 days old.

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    I see that familiar purple glow going away.
    These eggs are also tiny, like my first batch, but they are all within 20% of each other in size.
    I'm going to look for more this afternoon.
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    Up to now I've only has small eggs hatch. All my large eggs have been duds.
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    Just noticed another clutch of mine has started to chalk on day 30. Not saying it means they are fertile, just observing for you.
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    I'll consider them infertile when they explode in a nasty blob
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    I've hatched several of THEM before.
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    How are the R"ED"Foot eggs coming along?
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    They still all look semi transparent and light "purplish".
    I see no or little evidence of chalking.
    I'm starting to believe that it's the same female that deposited all of the eggs. (And she's digging again.)
    The incubator is rock steady. 82-83 degrees and 72-76% humidity.
    At this point, I'm leaning toward more dud eggs and not blaming the incubator.
    The eggs seem to be too tiny to me. The hatchlings would have to have shells the diameter of a quarter....
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