Nature overrode our desire for babies when we got a female that ended up laying eggs. She's housed with a older female that has never been with a male while she's lived here for a year now.
But the female that's laying seems to be turning out eggs too fast. Example: On August 21st, I found a couple of fertile eggs and moved them to the egg box. Searched the box, nothing else was there. Tonight, the 30th, I saw peat roughed up and started digging thru the box. Sure enough, 2 eggs just 9 days after finding the last ones. This was the second time this has happened.
Here's our track record so far: 1st set of eggs didn't form right, 2nd clutch was laid May 10th and hatched August 4th, 3rd clutch is exactly a month behind and about a week from hatching, #4 has about one and a half months still, #5 popped up less then two weeks after #4 and were both duds, I found #6 clutch on August 21 - both fertile. Tonight I find mystery #7 eggs, not fertile.
So either the female that's been laying is popping out infertile eggs two weeks after laying fertile eggs, or the other female she's housed with is laying in some kind of weird sympathy pains. Aside from the first set, all the eggs that appear a month after the last fertile eggs have all been fertile. It's the two week or less eggs each time that have been duds.