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My miracle babies

Discussion in 'Tarantula Breeding' started by Thistles, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. Casey K.

    Casey K. Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Such a wonderful story @Thistles! Congratulations on your babies! It's terrible that mom abandoned them but you were their saving grace surrogate!!! :). How are they doing now? :)
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    Thistles Well-Known Member

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    10 or 11 (it's bad that I don't remember) are still 1i. I have 2 that are EWL and I don't think they're going to make it, but they're not moldy or deflated yet so I've still got them. 2 of the 1i are getting dark so maybe they'll molt soon. They're all in their separate little cups to keep them from eating one another.

    I don't know exactly what went wrong, but I'm very lucky to have found them when I did. If they'd stayed like that much longer they would have suffocated. There seemed to have been a lot of slings in a very small egg sac. Maybe things were too damp in her enclosure, but I don't think so. I wish I knew what went wrong so I could prevent the same problem from happening in the future, but at least I learned that washing works.
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    Casey K. Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    @Thistles

    It's not something YOU did wrong. It's nature in confinement. I'm sure she had a reason (despite how immoral and inhumane it is in the human world for doing such with our own) and it's very sad. You should pat yourself on the back!! :). I had some A. seemani eggs that I've washed (never ewl's) and laid across a clean rag for incubation. Actually, a few people purchased some of those very babies from me! :). They were molding up just as yours were. This was last year. I suppose they enjoy a nice bath, lol. Anyway, it worked and most of mine made it all the way past 2i. If your intentions are pure in the time of need I'm sure there will be some sort of positive outcome in the long run. ;)
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    @Thistles I don't know who's luckiest that you found them, you or the little ones. I can't wait to see photos of them when they reach 2i.
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    Oh, that's great info to have. I had never heard of washing before, but I figured it was worth the gamble since they'd die anyway if I didn't do it. I'll keep in mind that it's possible for eggs, too. It's not something I'd recommend except as a last resort, but it's good to expand the toolbox.
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    I'll post some pics soon. One of them (that's really dark now) has always been a bit darker than the rest. I have old pics of it and now I'll get updated ones. The legs aren't dark like I usually see, but its little abdomen is brown as anything. I'm keeping it for sure if it survives to see if it ends up colored strangely.
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    image.jpeg
    Above: the darkest one today
    Below: the dark one right after molting to 1i. The one pictured half-molted didn't free itself and is still stuck like that but alive. The other EWLs in that pic are dead. Poor little beasts. image.jpeg
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    Aww, so sweet. :) I'm really wiling these little ones to survive.
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    Right there with you.
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    amazing. i'm 3rd here ;)
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    image.jpg image.jpg We have 2i!
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    Ohh, well done little one. I'm guessing that's the first so fingers crossed for the rest.
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    4/9 so far! I think... I forgot the count again.
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    awesome!!
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    Phil Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Everything crossed for you hun.
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    Final count is 9 from that sac. Not great, but I learned something and ended up with at least a few cuties.
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    That's so amazing. Congrats Thistles! Anyone seeing that sack would have to think that would have been impossible. :)
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    how are those 9 miracles doing?
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    The ones I kept are doing great! I gave half to the person who gave me their daddy as a freebie when he was just a little sling and kept the rest. They're still little but they eat well and are healthy, normal kids. Thanks for checking in on them. :)
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    @Thistles That's great news. Any chance of a pic or 2?
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