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Candling egg from day one to pip

Discussion in 'Tortoise Breeding' started by shellfreak, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. xXtortoiseloverXx

    xXtortoiseloverXx Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I see , I always have hard time to clean them, cause I am afraid that wash them will kill them , I guess not . Lol
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    Day 53. I transferred this egg to another container due to running out of space. But you can see the air sac is getting larger, which means the little tortoise inside is sucking up most of the yolk as it grows larger. Should hatch within a few weeks.
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    Real!y awesome photos. I love your Logo too, it looks cool on your eggs!!!
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    Thanks Aaron.
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    Fantastic photos. Thanks for sharing.
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    You should give classes in candling photos...this is the worst pic I have seen from you yet and it is still better than 98% of others I see.
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    Haha. Yeah, it was a bad picture. I was thinking the same exact thing. I might just take you up on that idea...I’ll keep you posted. I have a bunch of sulcata eggs that I’m going to candle in the next two weeks. I will charge my GoPro and video tape the process.
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    Day 55; you can see that the air sac has gotten bigger in just two days. The yolk is being absorbed, air chamber is getting larger. I limit candling from this point on. Reason being is sometimes the light from the flash light will heat up the oxygen molecules inside the air chamber which causes the molecules to explode and die. This can either cause the tortoise to die due to lack of oxygen, or cause it to prematurely hatch thinking it is running out of oxygen and then it will die due to hatching too early. So I’ll candle again on day 65.
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    Thank you so much for sharing. It is a really big help for those of us who have never done this before. At least we can see what it is supposed to look like.
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    Couldn’t resist to document it. Air sac getting larger. Blood vessels are starting to disappear. This means the embryo is getting larger and the yolk is getting smaller due to the smaller blood vessels. IMG_3461.jpg IMG_3463.jpg
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    Absolutely appreciate your posts. So please don't ever resist the temptation. Post away.
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    shellfreak Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    And its birthday is today!!!! Of course I’m out of town on vacation with my family. But I have an Arlo camera on the incubator. The caretaker will check on it this afternoon when she tends to the tortoises.
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    Just checked the camera. It’s completely out.
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    That is so awesome.
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    Very exciting!! Thanks for sharing this!!
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    So cute and cool!
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    Just remaining part of the inside of the egg. Left of albumin most likely.
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