Viable Egg??

Carrie

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I have a 3 week old Russian tortoise egg. When candling it today I noticed there was an air bubble on the side of the egg. The yolk is sitting on the bottom of the egg and has a black spot in the middle of the yolk. As of right now I do not see any veins, so does this means the egg is not fertile? If anyone knows anything about this please let me know. Thanks
 

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I have a 3 week old Russian tortoise egg. When candling it today I noticed there was an air bubble on the side of the egg. The yolk is sitting on the bottom of the egg and has a black spot in the middle of the yolk. As of right now I do not see any veins, so does this means the egg is not fertile? If anyone knows anything about this please let me know. Thanks

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It doesn't look bad but like you mentioned, no veins either.
 

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It doesn't look bad but like you mentioned, no veins either.
Thanks. She actually had two eggs. The other one has nothing in it that I can see. She had 1 egg last year and it was not fertile either. So I'm hoping one of them is fertile this time.
 

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I don't have experience with eggs... but if the other one did nothing at all and this one at least did a little I think its worth keeping for a while... its weird that there's no veins but it seems like something is definitely going on... or something had started going on.

Anyways I wish you the best of luck for a baby tort!
 

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Thanks. She actually had two eggs. The other one has nothing in it that I can see. She had 1 egg last year and it was not fertile either. So I'm hoping one of them is fertile this time.

It may take another week or two for vascularization to occur.
 

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Are you using an incubator? If so what are your temps and humidity? If your temps and humidity 29-30 degrees Celsius and 80% are consistent then you should be seeing veins by now and a darker center ring. If not I wouldn't give up on it just make those adjustments and give it more time.
 

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Yes I use an incubator. My temp is at a constant 88 degrees and about 70% humidity. Thanks for your help.
 

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Ok the egg is now almost at 4 weeks. This is what is looks like. Still no veins. I'm thinking it's not fertile?
 

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I have no experience but I would keep,waiting!!! Good luck!!'

I agree. There appears to be a reddish cast peripheral to the yolk (and one vein in the lower-right quadrant just outside of the yolk in the last image). Be sure not to rotate the egg while handling it & be certain to replace it in the incubator in the same orientation as it was originally.
 

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I agree. There appears to be a reddish cast peripheral to the yolk (and one vein in the lower-right quadrant just outside of the yolk in the last image). Be sure not to rotate the egg while handling it & be certain to replace it in the incubator in the same orientation as it was originally.
Thank you. This is my first time doing this so I guess I'm having a hard time recognizing the vein. I will keep them both in the incubator until something happens. Thanks for everyones help.
 

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Doesn't look fertile to me. Veins are usually very obvious. Here is a very typical fertile egg. image.jpg
 
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