The last couple weeks have pretty much been like the last couple decades of my life with these animals. One day your on cloud 9 the next is like a kick to the balls. I recently hatched a clutch from a sib to sib pairing I did with some of my Mr. Blue/ForrestXSH05059 offspring. With them being possible hets I was crossing my fingers for an albino, unfortunately no albinos. The female laid a clutch of 10 fertile eggs and one slug on 5/16/17. Day 42 post O and she had no pre lay shed.
The first egg pipped on 7/5(day 50), I noticed some cut marks on another egg and cut the rest. I had already decided I was gonna manually pip these eggs after the first one pipped because last year I lost the majority of a clutch when I waited a day to cut. One baby was dead when I cut it open but the remaining were still alive. I come in the next morning hoping to see that beautiful sight all of us here strive and dream about but instead I see two babies that had crawled out and must have died right away and a lot of yolk remaining in the egg. Then I poke at a couple others and get no reaction, cut them open and both dead. All had a bunch of yolk left even the remaining four that are still alive as you can see in the pick below.
Now to get these things to eat!!!!
Dam at the end of ovulation
I still have one more clutch in the cooker from the same sire and another sib
Eggs laid 6/30, 40 days post O, 18 post shed. 13 eggs to start, one of which was questionable from the beginning and three others that had weak vein growth died within the first week.
7/10 The two previous days I had pretty much written off the egg on the right side middle row, it had strong vein growth, but formed a "window" I applied elmers glue and it seems to be responding well.
Today 7/14 and its looking a lot better.
Other Mr. Blue/ForrestXSH05059 offspring.
12.3 (same female that's pictured above coiled on eggs)
Thanks for looking