As reptile breeders, we are always on the lookout for the best process to increase our successful hatch rate. There are three main factors to consider when setting up an incubator or container for your reptile eggs — humidity, oxygen, and temperature. Argillite is a clay media that has been calcined creating a porous surface area that retains water longer — easing your humidity concerns.
Hatch rate in reference to incubation is determined by the amount of eggs that hatch divided by the total of eggs deposited into the incubator. If you have a total of 14 eggs from a single Crested Gecko and 11 successfully hatch you will divide 11 by 14 for a 78% hatch rate.
Incubating for Tropical Species
SuperHatch is the optimum choice If you are breeding a species that requires a moderate to high humidity for incubation. Using a container or sieve, fill the amount of media required to reach 3/4 of the container your eggs will go into. Soak the Calcined Clay for five-ten minutes and strain the water for another 5 minutes. This is your starting point.
After you have moved your SuperHatch to the container your eggs will go into, lightly compact and place your hygrometer in the container. Check the humidity for the proper range your eggs will need to be incubated at. If the humidity is too high you can remove a portion of the soaked SuperHatch with dry media and check the humidity after a period of time has transpired.
Incubating for Arid Species
Fill your container with 3/4 Calcined Clay to measure how much media you will need. Remove half the media by weight and place the other half in a container or sieve. Allow the media to soak for five to ten minutes. Drain the water from the container or sieve for at least five minutes. Now you can combine the soaked and dry media in the container you will later add your eggs to. Monitor the humidity level and add water in low increments until your container has adequate humidity.
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