Have made mistakes on first clutch. Should I stay hopeful?

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Have made mistakes on first clutch. Should I stay hopeful?

Postby winkydinks » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:07 pm

My mistakes

-I oversatuated my vermiculate. Many of my eggs sat in a bit of a puddle for an extended amount of time. Can they absorb water?
-I transferred them to a different container a few weeks ago. No eggs were turned over, but I fear that I may have overhandled them.
-They've been incubated at a temp that might've been too low. 26-27 celsius.

It's day 85. The eggs have been swollen for a while. They have the consistency of a well-filled liquid detergent pod. There are embryos that seem to be growing, but upon candling, it's clear that the eggs' contents are mostly liquid. What I'm wondering is, if 1) any of this normal for day 85, and 2) if my lower temperatures may have extended the incubation period. Help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Have made mistakes on first clutch. Should I stay hopefu

Postby winkydinks » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:09 pm

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Re: Have made mistakes on first clutch. Should I stay hopefu

Postby Claudiusx » Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:15 am

hi there, the eggs look nice and healthy.

I dont know the answer to your first question for sure, but typically the main issue with too much water is mold growth.

The lower your temps, the longer the process typically. But your temps werent that far off.

Only thing you can do now is wait. Good luck :)

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Re: Have made mistakes on first clutch. Should I stay hopefu

Postby AHBD » Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:14 am

I agree with Brandon, and you most likely didn't overhandle them, they can take some moving as long as they stay in the same position. That is a huge egg BTW !
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Re: Have made mistakes on first clutch. Should I stay hopefu

Postby winkydinks » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:52 am

AHBD wrote:I agree with Brandon, and you most likely didn't overhandle them, they can take some moving as long as they stay in the same position. That is a huge egg BTW !

Yes they are big, much bigger than when they were laid, which is why I was wondering if they can absorb h20. The embryos are sitting on the bottom, with most of the volume being liquid. They feel like they'd explode if poked with a needle.
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Re: Have made mistakes on first clutch. Should I stay hopefu

Postby AHBD » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:58 am

Yes they do but not much, it's just natural growth + expansion . But you were fortunate that they didn't get too much moisture from the way you described the amount of water that could have killed them.
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Re: Have made mistakes on first clutch. Should I stay hopefu

Postby winkydinks » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:09 am

AHBD wrote:Yes they do but not much, it's just natural growth + expansion . But you were fortunate that they didn't get too much moisture from the way you described the amount of water that could have killed them.

I'll continue to monitor. Thanks for the help!
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Re: Have made mistakes on first clutch. Should I stay hopefu

Postby AHBD » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:13 am

You're welcome ! Let us know when the monsters emerge.
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