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Posted by FroggieB on April 18, 2003 at 14:27:49:
In Reply to: Marcia...update on the baby posted by Joe on April 18, 2003 at 00:14:08:
Joe, I don't think the ribs are broken. I think it is part of the MBD problem I have been having with this batch of babies. You remember that I broke my foot and arm last summer. Well, I had the girl from up the street caring for my babies and she just hasn't gotten the concept of dusting the feeders. In fact, they often didn't have enought mealworms for all of them to eat. By the time I enlisted some better help I had lost many of the babies. I had though that the ones remaining were alright but now I am beginning to wonder. I feel like I owe kashmirtiger for her baby and feel the same if you lose yours. I have some here that have the sunken look that makes the ribs come up to a point at the sides. I have been giving liquid calcium and vit D sparingly in hopes that it would turn things around for them.
I am sure hoping that my success the first 2 years with my babies wasn't just a fluke. I have eggs that have been in the incubator for 197 days now. I have never had them take longer than 175 and had some hatch at 129. The average has been 150. I opened 2 of the eggs to see what is going on and one had no yolk sac and was very thin. The other had a fair amount of yolk left but it was too early for him to hatch and both were lost. I knew this was the risk when I opened them but had to see what the status was. I have increased the temps thinking that the low to mid 60's may be too cool.
On the other hand, Tuck that I got from Cheyanne was thin and displayed the rib thing when I got him and he has turned around and is very straight and well shaped although he is still a bit on the thin side but not so thin as to be worried about him.
If anyone has had a problem with a dragon from me I am more than willing to replace it as soon as I have new babies of a good age. I also have two small ones a bit younger than Joe's Link that seem to be doing well. I have just switched to small night crawlers and European night crawlers for the babies and young animals to see it this will turn things around.