Russian Girls not laying?

tylerfitz420

Member
5 Year Member
Joined
Nov 9, 2012
Messages
84
Location (City and/or State)
East Greenbush, NY
I have 2 girls that have laid fertile eggs clutches for the last 3 years. Usually by this time of year I've had at least one clutch each. So far this year nothing. I haven't changed anything, everything is the same as far as their enclosures ( inside and out), their diet, their egg laying areas. Any recommendations? I'm nervous on them getting egg bound.
The only difference is I lost another female tortoise that died suddenly for no reason this past winter. I have introduced another female. She is only with them occasionally in their outside enclosure.
Any recommendations??
 

Sterant

Well-Known Member
Tortoise Club
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Mar 6, 2016
Messages
580
Location (City and/or State)
Albany, NY
Any progress in the last month? I wonder if the abnormally cold and wet spring up here in our area delayed things a bit.
 

Crzt4torts

Active Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Messages
235
Location (City and/or State)
Northeastern US
I assume there is an unmentioned male in the mix somewhere? I only ask because I understand Russians can lay fertile eggs for up to 4 years after mating with a male. After that another mating would be needed.
 

tylerfitz420

Member
5 Year Member
Joined
Nov 9, 2012
Messages
84
Location (City and/or State)
East Greenbush, NY
Yes I'm having progress of them finally laying eggs but out of 6 eggs only 1 so far is looking fertile. Nothing has changed since last year. Just a strange year for eggs. My females
Up to this year have always laid 2 or 3 eggs each clutch. Three this year have laid only one egg. I've upped the calcium powder and they also have calcium cakes in their enclosures.
Any ideas?
 

Crzt4torts

Active Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Messages
235
Location (City and/or State)
Northeastern US
My female became egg bound last year, laid 2 eggs but then was just really not herself...behavior change which concerned me. I had XRays taken, sure enough 2 eggs still in there. Oxytocin injections worked, she laid the 2 additional eggs. One was larger and shaped different...not sure if that was what bound her up. The hatchling from that egg was quite twisted at birth. Babies Shell has since straightened out to almost normal. Of the 4 eggs in that clutch I have 3 cute little guys ..just over a year old now.
Anyway, I guess if you really suspect egg binding, you can have a vet exam - sometimes the eggs can be palpated by the vet, or have X-ray done. But, If they are behaving normally it could just be an off year.
 

New Posts

Top