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Old 31-12-2009, 07:45 PM
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Does anyone cut their eggs open after the first rep pips? I seen a video of someone doing that on youtube and I was a bit shocked to see it, I didn't realise people did that! Anyone here do it?
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Old 31-12-2009, 08:21 PM
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i think a LOT of royal breeders do

hope i dont turn into one that does
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Old 31-12-2009, 08:54 PM
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Seems a bit harsh just because you can't wait to see whats in the egg! In one video I seen the guy poked the hatchling with scissors to see if it was still alive! I'd be terrified to cut them out in case I hurt them!
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Old 31-12-2009, 11:40 PM
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I know of a lot of breeders that do it who say its to stop the snakes from drowning in the egg.

Personally I think its also because thay cant wait to see whats in the egg too.

There's a thread on another forum that discusses it quite alot and the general feeling seems to be that snakes take longer to emerge from cut eggs than snakes that are left to do it themselves.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:02 AM
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I know of a lot of breeders that do it who say its to stop the snakes from drowning in the egg.
Because of course natured hasn't equipped them through millions of years of evolution to not drown in the egg. Hmm.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:27 AM
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Because of course natured hasn't equipped them through millions of years of evolution to not drown in the egg. Hmm.
In nature many would die, reasons for cutting eggs, usually when one has pipped are, the eggs deflate prior to the hatchling breaking out, there for no air pocket & babies can & do drown in the egg, some are born with no egg tooth so cannot break out this can kill the hatchling, the egg tooth can break & they cant get out, the umbilical cord can be wrapped around the hatchling in various forms, preventing them from getting out or cutting off the blood supply..agree though there are some who just cant wait
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Old 01-01-2010, 05:13 PM
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i know a few royal breeders that do it , and if u have eggs with snakes that could be worth £1000's u dont want them to drown in the egg if they cant get out do you,
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Old 01-01-2010, 05:16 PM
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luckily our royals this year all came out themselves, very early too.
corn wise, i let them go for over 60 days, when i get a bit panicy i slit them, but that can be towards 70 days.
generally its something i dont like doing, and i dont get them out like some of the yanks do. i saw one on youtube the other day, not just cutting the egg, but taking the babies out, looking at them, talking about them then trying to put them back in.



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Old 01-01-2010, 05:23 PM
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when i was selling at a show this year there was a very well known royal breeder who i overheard saying "i cut these open yeaterday and pulled them out just so i could sell them today" i was totaly shocked that a good breeder doing this and these royals were being sold for 2k each
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:00 PM
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That is really appalling. Like I say I wouldn't mind if its for a good reason, but that is just awful. The vids I was watching I really don't think it was done for good reasons either. I understand the argument about a 100% hatch rate but surely it must be a little dangerous to be cutting into the egg too? I would imagine you could do quite a bit of damage if you weren't careful.
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