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can you tell if these eggs are fertile?

Post by geckosgalore on Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:13 am

I just got some eggs from my breeding group of leos. They were laid the 17th. At least from what I could tell. I left for a family reunion on for the weekend. I left friday and I came home Tuesday the 17th and I found these eggs. (I knew that she was pregnant before I left on the family reunion. They looked perfectly fine, so I put them in the incubator. They are 6 day old eggs.

They look perfectly fertile. I havent candled them yet however. I am debating on if I should get a professonial candler or just get a flashlight. These are the first good eggs that I have had (or at least look like) in the 2-3 years I have been trying to breed leos.

I mean they are not growing moss and they are not dented so thats a good sign right?

Your opinions would be great. Any advice on how to help keep them alive would also be welcome. Smile

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Post by Kodieh on Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:41 am

They look supple still, but if you could post a picture of them candled we could say yes or no.
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Post by geckochick89 on Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:28 pm

You can easily make your own egg candler. I use those small led flashlights, take 4 pieces of electrical tape and cover the top of the flashlight so only a tiny bit of light can pass through. I have used this method to candle all of my eggs and it works great. Your eggs definitely look like they are fertilized. If they were not fertilized, they would be yellowed and sunken in and gross after 6 days.
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Re: can you tell if these eggs are fertile?

Post by geckosgalore on Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:35 am

They turned two months old on March 17th. They are still the very same way. Hopefully, with any luck, they should hatch any day now.

Wish me (or them) luck!

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Post by geckochick89 on Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:54 am

What temperature are you incubating them at?
If you are trying to get females and keeping the temps towards the low 80s, then the eggs take longer to hatch, if you are keeping the temps towards the 90s, they will hatch in less time.
If they are two months old, they should be hatching any day now, so far the longest incubation period I've experienced is 58 days, whereas my earliest was 50 days. There can always be exceptions though.
If you do make a candler, it should be fairly easy to see the geckos inside at this point, sometimes you can even see them move around, which is awesome!
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Post by geckosgalore on Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:06 am

I'm incubating these two eggs at 82-83 degrees. I am getting a little impatient about waiting. I'll let you know when they hatch and I'll post pictures.

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Post by geckochick89 on Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:19 am

Yeah, keeping your patience is the hard part, especially when its so close!! Just keep an eye on them. I am not an advocate of pipping leo eggs, I let them come out on their own.
At the temp you're incubating them at, I'd say they could easily take 60-65 days, maybe a few more to hatch.
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Post by geckosgalore on Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:29 am

What do you incubate them at to have them hatch at 50-58 days?

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Post by geckochick89 on Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:33 am

You would probably have to incubate them in the high 80s los 90s for them to hatch that early, but then you would most likely get all males
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Post by geckosgalore on Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:37 am

I think I am going to start incubating them at 86 degrees so I'll get a mix of both and they will hatch faster. Smile

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