Not every clutch is going to be killer, not every female is going to lay, and not every male is going to breed. But as breeders we can do certain things to level the playing field as best we can each day.
Things like making sure everyone has water all the time. Making sure to visually inspect everyone as often as possible. I like to check on everyone once a day when permitted. There are some points where I feel like I know each and everyone’s mood and well-being. You kind of get to know the animals real well if you pay attention enough.
But still even though we do out best to make sure the end result is a nice big clutch of pearly white eggs, it is still up to mother nature. Case in point. One of my bigger proven girls was getting HUGE. She had palpated for 9 eggs. I was so pumped, I had bred my lemon blast and bee to her. This was going to be a great clutch for sure.
Until this morning.
She ended up giving me 4 slugs and 4 eggs. OUCH! That hurt big time. Yes I got 4 nice looking eggs, but I wanted 9 dammit. I worked for 12 months straight with this girl. I fed her, bathed her, watered her. You name it! Don’t I deserve 9 healthy eggs?
Mother nature had other plans for this female. I wish I took some pics but I guess I was so bummed that the though didn’t even cross my mind. Will you forgive me?