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QUESTION ABOUT EGG BIND AND LAYING EGGS

Discussion in 'Tortoise Breeding' started by Carol S, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. Carol S

    Carol S Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I have two questions:

    1. How common is egg binding?

    2. How often does a female lay eggs if she has never been with a male?

    Thank you in advance for this information. :)
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    Some females do, some don't. I have females not with males, of different species that have never nested or laid eggs and then there's the one or two that lay like clockwork, male or not.

    I don't think being egg bound is very common. I've had tortoises for over 30 years and I don't remember ever having an egg bound female. I had a young (read small) YF tortoise that prolapsed due to having eggs that wouldn't come out, but she eventually was able to pass them on her own. Now birds are a different story. I've had quite a few of those.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    1. My experience is the same as Yvonne's. I've never had it happen. I know that it happens, but it is not common.
    2. Also not common. I hear a story about it happening once in a while, but its not the norm.
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