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#1 Guest_rupert_the_dog_*

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Posted 28 January 2006 - 09:32 PM


Hi,

Well my Red foots have laid two eggs. They were moved to there new pen on the Monday and she laid on the wednesday.
I saw her digging the nest and then hit panic mode as I did not have an incubator! Tried everywhere to buy one but failed so in the end I turned to Piglet and he helped me out big time by lending me his spare and setting it up, Cheers.
Well its to early to see if they are fertile but I will keep you informed.
On a down side I needed some vermiculite so popped into a local reptile pet shop and he had 4 x 6inch redfoots kept in a 2 ft fish tank and no water! I will go back and have my say but at the time the shop was full of school kids keeping him occupied.

Mike


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Posted 28 January 2006 - 09:33 PM


The incubator.


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 02:45 AM

Excellent news Mike. I've got my fingers crossed too. Absolutely keep us updated.

Dan


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 11:25 AM

How long is the incubation of redfoot eggs please?


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 01:07 PM

Hi Amy
It averages 150 to 175 days at 30C. Sometimes it's less, I think Darren's last batch took around 124 days. I've heard of them taking over 200 days sometimes also.
Dan


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 01:34 PM

Hi Amy
Incubation can vary from 120 days to 175 days, all my red eggs are incubated 31-31.5 with a humidity of 80%.varible tempreture ranges can be successful with a range from 29.5- 32c. , some clutches can have a varible hatch density example 4 eggs laid in the same clutch don't neccessary hatch together there can be over aweek to ten days between hatches
Darren


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Posted 28 January 2006 - 09:49 PM

well done , nice to see a fellow northwest redfoot keeper :-)


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 12:16 AM

I will keepm my fingers crossed mike well done


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:11 AM

Well done nice pictures, i cannot wait untill mine red foots start laying eggs.:-) :-) :-) :-)


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 11:53 AM

Nice pictures I bet ur really pleased!!:)


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 04:01 PM

Hi Mike, well done on the eggs, its always a little stressful when you monitor them, hoping for fertile ones, good luck...T.T.


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 11:24 PM

Hi All,

How long before I know if the eggs are fertile?

Regards

Mike


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Posted 30 January 2006 - 02:01 AM

The longest I've had a fertile egg take to start chalking was 22 days Mike.


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Posted 30 January 2006 - 10:02 AM

Mike generally it takes 10-15 days before a developing embryo can be seen developing in redfoot eggs, but to no this you need to candle the egg like i showed you with a pen torch , as Dan says chalking up is a term used when the egg shell starts to appear thickened or appear chalky white it usually starts on the top of the egg gradually forming a band round the middle before covering the entire egg this only really becomes visable in fertile eggs.
Darren





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