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bugman426
02-07-2006, 01:00 PM
Title says it all

Any and all help will be appreciated, as hopefully ill have eggs in the coming weeks

Ken Bartenfeld
02-07-2006, 02:32 PM
Mike, do you have an incubator? Which one...?

I would say, just like leopard eggs...if you read up on that, you should be just fine.

80-84 1:1 vermiculite or perlite...

bugman426
02-07-2006, 04:05 PM
i meant like any holes in the incubator lid, do i need to air out the container, etc

i have a hovabator

Ken Bartenfeld
02-07-2006, 04:24 PM
This is how mine looks Mike...

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d95/KenBartenfeld/IMG_0325.jpg

I open them once a week, and spray the top (inside) once every week or other week...

Does this help bud?

bugman426
02-07-2006, 04:28 PM
yea, thanks

but doesnt water drip onto the eggs when your spray the lids? I thought that was what causes mold

Ken Bartenfeld
02-07-2006, 04:45 PM
No, it doesn't drip onto the eggs...I light mist the tops of the insides...just to keep it humid, you don't HAVE to do it...I am sure there is enough humidity with the 1:1 ratio, I just do it...and have had success...was kind of hoping some other people would give you advice :-)

Bowfinger
02-07-2006, 04:53 PM
One thing I like to do to keep intruders out is on the larger holes use scotch tape then use pin to poke smaller holes. This at least makes it harder for larger insects to get inside. I can go overboard on details so it might not be needed? Any ideas?

bugman426
02-07-2006, 05:05 PM
you mean insects getting into the incubator? I dont think ill have that problem being that im in ny.

Ari
02-07-2006, 07:42 PM
Congratulations Mike.

See they must have been smoking cigarettes, but you missed it..... :lol:

Hope you have great success, is this the first clutch?

Do not be disappointed if the first clutch is no good, that seems to be common with Milli.

Kind Regards

Ari

bugman426
02-07-2006, 07:57 PM
Congratulations Mike.

See they must have been smoking cigarettes, but you missed it..... :lol:

Hope you have great success, is this the first clutch?

Do not be disappointed if the first clutch is no good, that seems to be common with Milli.

Kind Regards

Ari

you read my post wrong....no eggs yet :( :(

This is just in preparation in case i do get eggs, since im not home, ill need easy instructions for my parents

Ken Bartenfeld
02-07-2006, 08:05 PM
Almost 420 post Mike :mrgreen:

bugman426
02-07-2006, 08:09 PM
Almost 420 post Mike :mrgreen:

celebration time!! legally of course with a fine cigar :lol:

Ken Bartenfeld
02-07-2006, 08:37 PM
Hehe 8)

Nathan Hall
02-07-2006, 09:21 PM
I use 1:1 vermiculite to water by weight and poke 5-10 pinholes in the lid of the container. By doing this, there is absolutely no need to add more water during the incubation period. The pinholes in the lid decrease condensation in the container. I like to use GladwareŽ sandwich boxes. I also open the containers about once every two weeks for oxygen exchange.

bugman426
02-07-2006, 09:43 PM
ok thanks nathan, thats the stuff i wanted to double check

can i substitute perilite for vermiculite? I hear vermiculite can cause mold, and i dont want to take that chance, especially since im not gonna be the one actually doing it

Nathan Hall
02-07-2006, 10:00 PM
I hear vermiculite can cause mold
In my experience, vermiculite doesn't cause mold. Bad eggs, too much moisture, etc. can cause mold. Perlite works fine too. I've had such good luck with vermiculite over the years. I do use perlite sometimes when I run out of vermiculite. I believe that many of the negative claims about vermiculite are unfounded. If eggs are fertile, different media can be used as long as the moisture levels are right. Seramis, perlite, vermiculite, and peat/sand are all acceptable incubation media.