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Posted by geeboo on May 07, 2003 at 23:45:49:
In Reply to: Thankies...answers posted by armiyana on May 07, 2003 at 23:21:58:
80 would be the lowest I would go in incubation. 80 to 82 or 83 should give you females, 83 to 86 a mix and 87 to 90 males. Maybe you were incubating too low. Don't know how that effects things.
:Incubation was set at 78-80 degrees. I'm using a homemade incubator(10 gal aquarium with the underwater heater). Incubated in vermiculite.
:It stays pretty humid in there, I know that may be an issue...but I've had healthy babies last year and my first 3 were fine this year.
:There was one point in the incubation where the eggs had a severe jump in temps from the 80 to 90 degrees. That might have triggered it, but they were only exposed for a couple hours at most. So she might have gotten shocked from that jump during incubation.
:One other egg hatched with a tiny little baby...smallest one I've seen yet. She's smaller than the newly hatched albino, even though her egg was 2x the albino's egg size...
:She's from a first time breeder. Most of moms eggs were duds. That seems like the only fertile one...but one is still questionable. The male was proven last year with my other 4 females.
:The mom also had a case of Calcium deficiency as a baby. I nursed her out of it and she's fine now. But maybe this could have been a sign of something else? Her cagemate (possible brother?) was raised at my home the same way, with a dish of Calcium at all times and dusted mealies...but he never became deficient.
:Hope this helps. Thank you for the help Kelli ^_^