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Old 27-05-2008, 12:20 AM
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she has a carte dor tub with vermiculite in it and she's in out in out but she won't let the other gecko near it lol, think i might puree some chicken tomorrow and try her with that when she lays
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Old 27-05-2008, 12:22 AM
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she has a carte dor tub with vermiculite in it and she's in out in out but she won't let the other gecko near it lol, think i might puree some chicken tomorrow and try her with that when she lays
if shes not losing too much weight and her joints look ok, then she will be fine.
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Old 27-05-2008, 11:31 AM
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To be honest with a small female you're best bet is to help her get the eggs out rather than keep them in!
Once she's laid them make sure she has as much food as she wants to help her build up again.
I've had the same thing happen this year, after the eggs she went on to an all-you-can eat diet until she filled up with the next ones. The silly girly is just about to lay her 4th clutch for the year (and hopefully her last!) and she's gained weight on when she started laying!
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Old 27-05-2008, 11:43 AM
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As much as we'd like all of our females to be 50-60g before laying, unfortunately they can start ovulating and producing eggs after around 6 months whether mated or not.

As everyone has said above best policy is to keep an eye on the 'early layers', keep them as stress free as possible and ensure their diet is good - even seperate them out if you can.
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Old 28-05-2008, 12:43 AM
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if she's going to keep laying clutches should i mate her instead of her wasting her dud eggs? or is she likely to only lay one clutch?
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if she's going to keep laying clutches should i mate her instead of her wasting her dud eggs? or is she likely to only lay one clutch?
Not an absolute answer to that!! We've had some lay one clutch early then not lay for 4/5 months and go on to produce 6-8 eggs in their first year!! Others have just started and continued to lay.

It's your call whether you put a young fairly light female to a male just because she's ovulating - personally we would not recommend it as the stress of having a male around can cause them to lose more weight than necessary.

As a rule we wait until our girls are at least 50g and preferably heavier. We'll only breed at a lighter weight if they 'peak' - that is to say have reached their adult size - some don't always grow to 50g.
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Old 28-05-2008, 12:58 AM
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i'll leave her to her own devices, hopefully she'll just lay 1 single egg clutch and be fine but if she lays more next month i may re-consider
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Old 28-05-2008, 07:28 PM
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she layed me a single egg today it was half sized and weighed 2g . i just fed them all and she didn't eat a thing, usualy she's first to start eating so i think the stress of laying has upset her, is it worth trying her with some baby food, what flavour do other peoples leos seem to like? i tried her with crested gecko diet but she didn't want to know and wouldn't even lick it off her nose, she wiped it off on the side of the viv, naughty girl, so what flavours please?
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