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Posted by rtdunham on May 11, 2003 at 11:05:37:
In Reply to: 30 Days from breeding to eggs ! Seems real fast to me ... posted by Keith Hillson on May 10, 2003 at 22:25:18:
:You are right on the days I forgot there was only 30 days in april. What was the time on your Easterns ? I should mention but I doubt anything happened I did have the 2 together 2 weeks prior to them locking up. It was for 45 minutes and I was in the room but never saw copulation. I guess he could have fired a quick on in her but im pretty sure he did not. Either way the eggs are all candling fertile (knock on wood) so we will see.
My big het/albino eastern chain king female laid 38 days after her first copulation (with my albino male, thus my excitement), and laying took place 33 days after her second and last breeding (I was traveling and couldn't pair them up after that). I thought her fertility was instructive, too: 28 of 33 eggs apparently good, after only two breedings.
Your mentioning the almost-forgotten pairing two weeks earlier reminds me of the importance of meticulous record keeping. It doesn't make a lot of difference in your instance, but under other circumstances (when using different males, for example) it can make a big difference. I'm going to put a separate post at the top of the forum, to elaborate on that and maybe help out some of the newbies on record keeping.