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    So my cresties laid a clutch of eggs March 3rd and today's is March 30th. 4 weeks old. I've never seen and "red cheerio". But also not all "yellow" either. One did have one small red spot, to the side, but no longer does. The other is slightly dented. They are both white. Stained from the media. This is the first clutch. And when I candle them, they have dark lines, and like a shadow like thing. Have had that since about 12 days old. Both. And when I touch them, there she'll kinda like, wipes off? Like, a bar of soap, when you run your finger across it, it has some like wiped off. That's how these eggs are. And they also get some white, fuzzy mold, I wipe that off. I know mold is a result from to much humidity, but denting is denting is from not enough humility. What do I do? I've attached a photo of one. You can't really tell anything with it, but maybe enough? And in the pic, to the left side, you can see a bit of the "shadow/dark line".
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    Go into a dark room and candle it then take a picture, much easier to see through the stains, I mean from what I can see it looks like it could be good, I have a clutch laid February 16 so they're 43 days old an the fetus has developed to the point where I can define the head, tail, and body, so by 30 days you should see a small fetus in the egg depending on the temperature you are incubating at. What is your incubation substrate and what are the Temps? I've had mold grow on good eggs, you did the right thing to wipe it off, as long as it doesn't smell nasty and isn't oozing then it should be a good egg
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    It does not look fertile to me. When candling the egg, turn off the room light. This will make it easier to see.
    you can always put a damp paper towel over the egg, that should hydrate it back to shape. If after 4 weeks, this is how they look... I'd say they are infertile.
    You said it yourself: Yellow, poorly calcified, no cheerio, molding and dented.
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    I use peat moss (was thinking about switching to vermiculite), and my temp is roughly 74f. If I squeeze my media, tight, a drop or two of water will come out. And it feels damp. I think I will just let it ride out the way I'm doing and hope for the best. And after all, this I the first clutch.. Anything I can do better to help the next eggs?

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    It does not look fertile to me. When candling the egg, turn off the room light. This will make it easier to see.
    you can always put a damp paper towel over the egg, that should hydrate it back to shape. If after 4 weeks, this is how they look... I'd say they are infertile.
    You said it yourself: Yellow, poorly calcified, no cheerio, molding and dented.

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    That's sounds right, if it's her first time like you said then the first clutch or 2 will be duds, don't incubate on peat moss as its not arid enough and moisture will absorb too quickly into the egg, drowning it, use virmiculite, I've had the best success with it and you can get huge bags for super cheap that will lay you quite a while
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    Okay. What about pear moss for the nest box?

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    Works great. I use Peat moss for all my lay boxes.
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    Same here, my girls live how fluffy it is, just make sure it's fertilizer free
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    my girl is in her laybox tonight burying herself... hopefully these eggs are fertile. none of the store around me have vermiculite.. what else could I use?
    and the eggs are all red inide with the things dicribed above. insead of yellpw, red.

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