So, About a month ago, Beaker started laying eggs. I left the first one and figured more would be on their way. She ended up laying 6 in her clutch (not fertile, i have two females) and was nesting them on a towel I put in her cage for comfort. She got plenty of good food and really took advantage of her cuttle bone. I could see she was losing interest in the eggs, but wasn't quite done. She sat above them at one point and pooped on two of the eggs a bit. I thought that it she was still going to sit on them I should try to clean them a bit. I tried with a wet cloth to wipe them and ended up breaking one of the eggs...I didn't have a fake egg or anything to add right away, so I was hoping she would be ok since she was just about to give up on the clutch anyway.
So..where we are now: she laid another egg a few days later. I can't tell if she replaced the other so close to the end of the nesting period, or if she is starting a new clutch. I've left the other five and she is sitting on all of them. She spent a good deal of time today not nesting.
So, several questions.
How long can I leave the original 5 eggs (or all of them, i can't tell them apart now.) Will they...spoil? Should I get dummy eggs and replace them all?
Should I remove them all and assume she's laying a second clutch...
Should I take the opportunity to rearrange her cage now while she's not heavily invested in nesting and make things less pleasant to nest on? I wanted to rearrange right when she was done with this clutch and now everything is thrown off.
The worst thing is that she looks a bit like she's got another egg coming. She's a little poufy down there and has been going to town on her cuttle bone. She eats pellets and birdy bread with veggies in it.
Wow...long thread...sorry. I just would rather her not follow a 6 egg clutch with another right away. I was hoping to avoid this all together like with my other female, who has yet to lay any eggs.