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Hi and thanks for reading this. Well we had some Easter Eggs yesterday. Our copper female is a little young, somewhere between 12-18 months and had her first clutch yesterday. It was quite unexpected as I still wasn't sure what her sex was as she's still smallish.

Anyways... Long story short I'm wondering about the viability of her eggs at this young age. I read a post on Reddit yesterday where someone claimed that (speaking to another person in similar circumstance) being the first clutch etc he would be lucky to get 10 viable eggs. True? The person claimed he had been told that also but 196 viable eggs later...

So, is their any truth to this?

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I'm not really sure what you're asking, but from my experience the viability of eggs depends on the conditioning/health of the female rathere than age.
 

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I'm not really sure what you're asking, but from my experience the viability of eggs depends on the conditioning/health of the female rathere than age.
That's what I'm asking. I really don't want to cull them so I'm hoping that there will only be a few good ones that will save me.

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If there both sexes present the eggs usually run 90+ fertile. It is possible for a female to lay as soon as 6-8 months but is not recommended. You will know if the eggs are in 3 days or so. In a week they will start to bean. Remember in the wild an average females has only 2 kids that grow up to reproduce. It is called a balanced population. I know it is harsh. It is also hard to find homes for 100+ juvies.
 

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Well for anyone who still might be wondering... She was quite fertile. I found a home for all the eggs except for the few I kept which all hatched.

Thanks for your replies.
 
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