Sweating egg?

brillobee

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I have one AFT egg, laid Jan 13. Today is 71 days incubation at 83-84 degrees. It has doubled in size. I have candled it a couple of weeks ago and seen the baby move inside. Tonight when I opened the container for air exchange I noticed it has some condensation on it. Is it sweating? I haven't added anymore water to the perlite. There is never any condensation on the top or sides of the container higher than the perlite level. So is the sweating a sign of near hatching? When I shine a light at the egg, is shines bright like it's empty, but I know it's not. AFT eggs are so much different than Crestie eggs.
 

brillobee

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After a night a sweating, it has shrunk back down to normal size. I'm starting to get worried. This is my first fattie egg. Is this normal? I've lost so many to mold already. Don't want this one to die, it's been doing so good.
 

brillobee

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I'm hoping so. But I'm not optimistic. No signs of pipping, and I'm pretty sure when I opened the container tonight I could smell something that wasn't right.
 

geckobabies

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In my experience sweating eggs have never been good. It's been when the baby has died and the egg begins to sweat and mold. I am sorry. hopefully yours does not.
 

brillobee

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I'm certain the baby has died. I think I see a spot of mold. Ugh. So close. :(But I got a few more good eggs. But more waiting. It's so hard. I'm starting to question my career as a breeder. Last year I had great success with Crested Geckos. My fattie eggs were accidents. So maybe it's the female giving me weak eggs. She and the male were rescues that was housed together in less than perfect conditions. Hopefully I'll have better luck next year with my TUG amels. Those will have plenty of conditioning.
 
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brillobee

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Well today the egg was moldier and looking an unhealthy shade of yellow and had partially collapsed. So I opened in it up. Insi was a dead baby. :( I don't think it was close to hatching, it was still firmly attached to the yoke and it's looked like it still a some time to go. Any idea why an egg so far along would die? Nothing had changed.
 

Garrett_Keith

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Ahh that sucks. Listen for future reference if you have an egg sweating and is that far along in incubation CUT THE EGG!! Some people may be against this but let me tell you, it works 99% of the time with every single gecko species i have. If i let the egg sweat for a few hours with no pipping happening and just left it i would end up with a dead baby. However if i see an egg sweating with no pip, i cut the egg and every single time out squirms an alive baby! What happens when an egg sweats is that the hatching is ready to hatch, but when pipping doesn't happen the baby is either A) too weak or B) the calcium shell is too strong which may be from too much calcium in the females diet. All in all in this circumstance i don't believe in "letting nature take its course", these are animals in my care in captivity so i have no problem with cutting an egg to yeild an ALIVE hatchling. Hope this helped and you try it in the future. :)

If the hatchling looked like it wasn't fully formed then it just certainly wasn't strong enough and died mid incubation. How are your other eggs in that same incubator?
 
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brillobee

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So far they seem ok. I'm trying my best to not mess with them. Most of the eggs from this pairing have molded. I have had 5 clutches and now have only 2 left (one egg I'm 99% sure is infertile) The others (laid Feb 26 and Mar 13) still look good.
 
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