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 Post subject: beardie eggs
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:04 pm 
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hi
i have 50 fertile eggs in incubater my 1st batch was due to hatch a week ago that would of been 72 days. we did the candle light method on them and all but 4 out of 50 had a dragon inside. so now my incubater is turned up to 85 instead of 82 hope this speeds up the hatching. any other suggestions????? thx Mary


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 Post subject: Re: beardie eggs
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:08 pm 
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Personally I wouldn't turn up the temparature - perhaps one degree, but not 3. Mine hatched at 83 degrees in 73 days - but some do go up to and over the 100 day mark.

It is just a case of being patient - I know how you feel, I didn't think anything was going to happen, but kept checking the eggs daily and was amazed when one day I saw heads peeking out! I'd got to the point where I had almost given up! :shock:

It really is a game of patience! :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: beardie eggs
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:13 pm 
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As Trish said, I wouldn't turn the temperature up; let them develop at their own pace and they will hatch when they are ready.

Although it shouldn't make too much difference at the temperatures beardies are incubated at, the metabolisms of developing eggs are affected by temperature in the same way as hatched beardies. Higher temperatures = faster metabolism, which means they need more oxygen, and produce more waste etc. In extreme cases, they can need more oxygen than their egg can give them, or produce more waste than it can deal with. Changing temperatures suddenly can upset the balance within the egg, as suddenly the egg has a lot more waste to deal with, but isn't so "prepared" to do so...

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