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Why do baby alterna, die fully formed in the egg! want info


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Posted by dangerdan on September 17, 2002 at 15:42:21:

I had a clutch of alterna hatching this last weekend. On Friday night the first baby hatched. Then I waited until Monday morning and no other baby had emerged. On of the eggs showed signs of holes because there were beads of fluid where the baby had put a hole in the egg but didn't cut all the way through. I opened this egg first thinking that the baby was trying but needed help. It was dead. I figure it drowned. Then I proceded to open the other eggs and another baby was fully formed but could not get out. It was also dead fuuly formed in the egg. The other two are still in there eggs and do not seem to want to come out. But they are alive. So I will let them come out of their eggs in their own sweet time. With the next clutch should I slice the eggs as soon as the first baby hatches. Or should I wait two days then open the eggs? I am very confused and I feel that the two babies dying was my fault because I did not open the eggs soon enough. Any advise or help would be greatly appreciated.


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