Redfoot layed an egg on top of the ground

Redfoot mamma

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My female redfoot layed an egg on top of the ground just one. Ive watched her sniff the ground and look for places to lay. She has good ground in her enclosure to lay in. Ive been looking to see if shes buried any other eggs but i cant see any place that shes been digging. Would it be really obvious to see where they are. Thanks
 

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Is this her first time laying? How old is she? My leopards dropped their first couple clutches on the top of the ground too. Many do until they mature a little more.
 

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One is new just reached 9 inches so it is her first breeding season i set tge egg up in the incubator. Is there a possibilty of it being fertile?
 

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She likely will have more. When it was mines first they dropped 1 to 3 eggs for about 2-3 days. Most of them very soft and obvious not fertile.
 

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This one is picrure perfect. I do feel its fertile cant say what the rest will be like. I just dont want her to get egg bound.
 

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If she digs a nest its easy to tell right i looked and dug a little where she hangs out most of the time. Im new to the breeding game.
 

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I don't know about Redfoots,but if I didn't see my Greeks and Russians dig the nest,there would be no way I would ever find it.
 

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Can I assume this is an outdoor enclosure? RFs urinate on the soil before they dig their nest. Look for soil color difference. I also find nests by just poking around the soil. The nest will be less hard packed than the rest of the surrounding ground. Eggs are usually two inches down. My outdoor enclosure has a top layer of oak leaves so it’s easier to see disturbed digging areas. In their first two laying seasons, my RFs laying times and numbers were sporadic. Now my four females lay monthly (Aug/Jan) 5 to 7 eggs and have for many years.
 
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