Tortstork shipped out its 378th egg this week and it successfully hatched! Our successful hatch rate is 94.44%. The failures vary from unknown reasons, but there are some theories. It could be form mishandling during shipping to not having the right incubator to having too high of a temperature in the incubator to delays in […]
Tortstork was honored to be highlighted in the August edition of Neighbors Magazine. It discusses my goals for colony assurance (captive breeding). It also talks about how I envision the hatch a tortoise instahatch egg to one day help the conservation of these amazing animals.
Some of our baby Egyptian eggs are starting to hatch. I was hoping these would be instahatch eggs and hatch in some lucky person’s incubator. This Egyptian egg was laid on 5/9/19. It piped on 7/31/19 and slowly is emerging at a tortoise’s pace. This little tortoise weighs around 4 grams.
Another Hypo redfoot has joined the future of Tortstork. This gorgeous little redfoot will be added to the hypo breeding colony we are building. This amazing orange/red baby is a great addition to our other hypo’s. Redfoots take 7 to 8 years to mature to breeding size, so we are many years away from a successful […]
The 100th instahatch egg was an Egyptian tortoise egg!!! It was shipped to Gainsville, Florida, 1,000 miles away. It was laid on 4/20/19, shipped on 6/27/19, delivered on 6/28/19, and started to hatch later that afternoon. It is doing fantastic and is super active.
Instahatch egg #83 was laid on 4/6/19, shipped to Tulsa, Oklahoma on 6/3/19, delivered on 6/4/19 and started to hatch on 6/22/19. 18 days after delivery. Talk about a stressful few weeks. I was confident that it was going to hatch because the customer kept sending me updates of candling pictures and it was progressing […]
#86 is a Marginated tortoise. It was laid 4/17/19, shipped to Albany, California on 6/17/19 (2,490 miles away), delivered on 6/18/19, and hatched on 6/20/19. It was so full of energy it climbed out of its deli cup!!!!!!
This Sulcata egg was laid on 3/5/19, shipped 6/17/19 to Willows, California, delivered 6/18/19, and hatched the same day!!! When i first started shipping freshly laid eggs, i placed temporary tattoos on the egg. My success rate for the freshly laid eggs were not very good, which is why i moved away from them and […]
Russian instahatch egg #84 was laid on 4/6/19, shipped to Philadelphia, PA on 6/3/19, delivered on 6/4/19 and started to pip on 6/18/19. It took 14 days to hatch from the day of delivery and it incubated for a total of 73 days. The customer was so eggcited, he bought two more instahatch eggs that […]
Instahatch #80 was a Russian tortoise egg that was laid on 3/27/19. It was shipped on 5/28/19 and traveled a little over 2,000 miles. It was delivered on 5/2919, with a little drama. The stork was delayed due to storms in the midwest, so it didn’t arrive until the late afternoon. Though when it arrived, […]