HELP MEEEE TURTLE LAID EGG

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Help… my red eared slider laid an egg in her pond, the pond is 300 gallons and outside, it has a basking platform but no place to nest. I saw the egg at the bottom of the pond. It could be anywhere from 5 days old to freshly laid because I just came home from vacation. I’m scared she might become egg bound. Is the egg fertile? I have an old chicken incubator with removable egg turners I can put the egg in… should I use that or something else? Also I put her in a nesting area, is it ok? Is there a better way? Help…
 

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Has she ever been around a male, if so when? She needs a place where she can dig otherwise she's not going to want to lay even if she needs to. Many turtles will still lay eggs even when they haven't been around a male and it can't be fertile. If she laid it in the water I can pretty much guarantee that nothing come of that egg. You can of course incubated just to be sure if you would like. Give her a good area she can dig and bury eggs and if she doesn't in a couple of days then I would worry about egg bound. Feel her sides you should be able to feel the shape of eggs if she's got a lot in there still.
 

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Help… my red eared slider laid an egg in her pond, the pond is 300 gallons and outside, it has a basking platform but no place to nest. I saw the egg at the bottom of the pond. It could be anywhere from 5 days old to freshly laid because I just came home from vacation. I’m scared she might become egg bound. Is the egg fertile? I have an old chicken incubator with removable egg turners I can put the egg in… should I use that or something else? Also I put her in a nesting area, is it ok? Is there a better way? Help…
If the egg was underwater it's probably no good. Just make sure she's has a good place to lay because she probably has more.
 

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Thanks for responding, yes she was with a male, and they could have mated, is the area i gave her good? It’s a mix of coconut coir, play sand and sphagnum moss
 

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If the egg was underwater it's probably no good. Just make sure she's has a good place to lay because she probably has more.
That’s unfortunate :( would she be able to lay in the set up I have? It’s coconut coir, play sand and sphagnum moss, it’s all sand on top but the bottom is a mix of all three
 

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That’s unfortunate :( would she be able to lay in the set up I have? It’s coconut coir, play sand and sphagnum moss, it’s all sand on top but the bottom is a mix of all three
That looks good, keep it moist. It might also help putting a basking light or CHE over it so the substrate is warm.
 

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That looks good, keep it moist. It might also help putting a basking light or CHE over it so the substrate is warm.
One more question… I have spare spare che and zoomed bulbs, which would be better? Or are they both the same
 

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Thank you :) I will do that
I 2nd doing something to make the area warm. Mine have always preferred a nice warm outdoor space for laying. For an indoor space that looks pretty good. Maybe put some artificial plant or something in a corner so she thinks she's got a hidden area if she doesn't take to it.
 

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I 2nd doing something to make the area warm. Mine have always preferred a nice warm outdoor space for laying. For an indoor space that looks pretty good. Maybe put some artificial plant or something in a corner so she thinks she's got a hidden area if she doesn't take to it.
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I think I feel eggs… her thighs kind of bulge and are firm
 

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If this is her first laying experience, and especially if she's having difficulty getting them out, she will have more mistakes than successes.

Hang in there...
 

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I found another egg in the nesting area, but she laid it in the water, not the land
Eggs laid in the water can certainly be fertile. With most aquatics, best research shows it is the exposure to oxygen that stimulates the ending of enbryonic arrest and the beginning of incubation. That's how turtles and tortoises are able to carry eggs ready to lay for weeks looking to find a suitable time and place to lay.

Incubate the eggs you find in the water. There is a very good chance they can hatch if fertile. You should normally start seeing chalking starting within a few days to a week of the start of incubation.
 
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