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    Using Rack for Incubating Eggs?

    Hi all, I am looking into hobby breeding some ball pythons and was curious, could you simply incubate the eggs in a tub within the rack with belly heat?? Would this be a bad idea or work out fine?? If not, would it work to let the mother naturally incubate them or is the only way using an incubator?






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    Re: Using Rack for Incubating Eggs?

    I don't see why the rack wouldn't work if your able to keep temps steady. Most ball python breeders do artificial incubation, but I know a lot of carpet python breeders have been going with maternal incubation lately with good success rates. I would think having the mother incubate the eggs would be a more rewarding experience than just placing them in a box until they hatch, but there's less chance for error if you artificially incubate them. Worst thing that could happen either way is you lose the clutch, and if you're just doing it for fun then it's not a big deal.
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    Re: Using Rack for Incubating Eggs?

    yeah, but the downside to maternal incubation is I have heard it poses health threats for the mother as she won't eat and such?

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    Re: Using Rack for Incubating Eggs?

    I can't really say as I have no experience on the topic, but I wouldn't think it would be an issue either way as long as the female was at a good weight before the start of breeding season.
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    Re: Using Rack for Incubating Eggs?

    I think you were saying that you would use rack slots for incubating eggs, not maternal incubation. If this is the case then I don't think it would work all that well. Incubators are generally very evenly heated and aren't as affected by the temperature of the room. If you were to simply put the tubs of eggs in a slot on your rack with belly heat the bottom of it will be warmer than the rest and it would probably be difficult to get it just right.
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    Re: Using Rack for Incubating Eggs?

    He did ask about maternal incubation as an alternative to incubating the eggs alone in the rack. An incubator would no doubt be more reliable than the rack itself, but it sounds like he's wanting to breed just for the experience of it. Buying an incubator would seem like a waste of money if breeding isn't something he is planning on doing more than just once or twice.

    You could make your own incubator out of an old mini fridge from craigslist with a few modifications, heck you could even make one from scratch if you want to get creative.
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    thanks man you are so informative!

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    Re: Using Rack for Incubating Eggs?

    Quote Originally Posted by justor View Post
    He did ask about maternal incubation as an alternative to incubating the eggs alone in the rack. An incubator would no doubt be more reliable than the rack itself, but it sounds like he's wanting to breed just for the experience of it. Buying an incubator would seem like a waste of money if breeding isn't something he is planning on doing more than just once or twice.

    You could make your own incubator out of an old mini fridge from craigslist with a few modifications, heck you could even make one from scratch if you want to get creative.
    I didn't see that part at all for some reason. Good thing somebody was paying attention!
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    I think I want to maternally incubate a clutch when my bps grow up
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    I plan on maternally incubating my carpets as well. It seems pretty awesome. From what I have been reading, the hatch-rate of the eggs increases as the mother gets older and more experienced. She actually learns how to be a better mom. How cool is that?
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