I want to start by saying thank you to all who have interacted with my other posts and have given advice. I really appreciate the support, community and learning from you all.
I had another new experience and was hoping someone may be able to share why this occurred and if there is anything I can do to give this egg a better chance.
I have two laying females and they have been laying clutches about every 30-32 days. One just laid last night, and I went to gather the clutch this morning and I noticed one of the eggs had a section that wasn’t fully calcified. I have attached a photo. The soft spot is fully closed - there is nothing leaking or coming out of the end, its just dirt.
My questions are -
- why did this happen? I have not had an egg yet that was not fully formed (this is clutch number 5).
- will it fill in/get hard in that area or will it remain soft?
- will that soft area end up breaking open and terminate the embryo?
- is there anything I can do to the egg to help? Is there anything I can do to cover the area?
My first thought is calcium - but each female gets fed pangea breeing and growth 2x a week and then watermelon pangea 2 other times a week. i also do add additional calcium to the breeding and growth pangea. So I do believe they are getting enough calcium.
This specific female who laid this egg is 2 yrs old and is 45+ grams. She has laid 5 clutches including this one. 3 out 4 of her current hatchlings have been healthy (1 did not make it out of the egg/the embryo stopped forming) and her clutches from June and July are developing very nicely in the egg. In addition to being fed 4x a week and having additional calcium I do mineral hydration baths 2x a month(every other week). Humidity in enclosure sits between 50%-90% depending on when misting occurs. I mist twice a day, once in the morning once in the evening. Temperature in room sits at 73 degrees.
Thank you in advanced for everyones help and time.