Well no wonder you already know about the hydration thing and soaking babies daily! You've been a member here as long as I have!Tom appreciate your kind words. I have been a member here on tortoise forum for many years under the username Shellfreak. Tortstork is a new venture for me. Most of the information on my site is geared towards testudos. I should make a section for leopards and other species I breed. I just haven't got around to it. I "screen" people pretty well when they contact me to make sure they have everything the need depending on the species they get. I have a few eggs out there and all have seem to be going well so far. I've been lucky for sure with choosing what egg to ship. My biggest fear is the obvious, a non fertile egg. Im pretty up front with people interested in getting eggs and want them to know why I can't guarantee them.
I'm not doing this to crank out as many eggs as possible. I'm just trying to give people an opportunity if they are looking for it because no one would give me an opportunity when I was young and first getting into breeding.
Regarding the red lights, would love to hear why you suggest they are bad. I love to learn and would not want to put my hatchlings in any harm. I've been breeding tortoises for many many years and have used red heat lamps for convection heat and have not had any issues what so ever. I never use it as the only source of light. I always supply them with UVB. I also will use red brooder lamps inside hide boxes for my adults when fall comes around to allow some heat during cold nights.
If I'm doing something wrong please let me know, im always open for suggestions.