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Advice needed

Postby Alfredgoh92 » Fri May 24, 2019 6:13 am

My beardie just got a clutch of 16eggs yesterday, couldn’t get my hands on perlite and vermiculite at the moment so i only got both peat moss and zeolites on hand that’s available. Used the peat moss for now but seems like the water retention aint so good as it dries up too fast. And the eggs are starting to deflate, tried putting damp kitchen towel but still deflated. Candled the eggs and saw veins so definitely fertile.

Main question i read zeolite absorbs and retain more water so wondering if anyone tried or know if its safe for me to change to zeolites as i cant find any answers. Thanks in advance
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Re: Advice needed

Postby Ellentomologist » Fri May 24, 2019 10:54 am

Hiya,

Disclaimer, but I have never bred any reptile and don't know much about it. Since it sounds like these eggs are kind of in trouble, though, I might split them up evenly between the substrates just to see if it works/which works better... Literally not put all my eggs in one basket.

Regardless of what you do, I wish you the best of luck!

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Re: Advice needed

Postby AHBD » Sat May 25, 2019 12:38 pm

Hi there, I had to Google zeolite [ never heard of it ] but if it's supposed to be absorbent you might try it or a mixture with the peat moss. Mix a batch up until it can hold it's shape if squeezed but very little water runs out. Then put a 3" layer in plastic container and make a divot with your finger where each egg will lay. The eggs should be about 1/3 or 1/2 of the way down in the substrate. Post some pics of your eggs now and after you make the new " recipe. " And what type of incubator do you have ? Here's how to post pics :

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ Then use the XIMG to upload them
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Re: Advice needed

Postby Alfredgoh92 » Sun May 26, 2019 5:31 pm

Well just an update, zeolite does work, good news is all the eggs have inflated back to normal . Thanks guys
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Re: Advice needed

Postby AHBD » Tue May 28, 2019 2:08 pm

That's good to hear, I know you're relieved. :)
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