Category Archives: tortstork

Making an Egyptian hatchling enclosure; Less is routine.

I get asked a lot about how i raise my baby Egyptian hatchlings.  I always respond with “less is routine.”  Egyptian hatchlings get easily stressed out, because they don’t like change.  Babies wake up, warm up, eat, sleep and start that routine all over through out the day.  My enclosures are simple because that has […]

94.44% success rate for Hatch A Tortoise Instahatch Eggs

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 […]

First graders get a surprise Helix book!!!!

An awesome teacher sent me 16 drawings of Helix that her first graders made for me.  They each wrote me a personal letter telling me how much they loved Helix gets His Wheels, and that they couldn’t wait for the second book Helix Rolls Into a Sleepover.  So guess what? I sent them each their […]

Meet Helix; The twisted deformed tortoise

Helix hatched on July 31st, 2019.  it was pretty deformed to the point where i thought i was going to have to euthanize it.  Though as the days passed, Helix was making “strides.”  He was scooting all over the incubator. I moved Helix to a growing container, like i do with all other hatchlings, and […]

Egyptians are starting to hatch

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.

HypoTortstork Redfoot hatching

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 […]

Russian Instahatch egg was not rushing to hatch.

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 […]

Marginated Instahatch #86 climbing out of the deli-cup.

#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!!!!!!

Instahatch #85 with a temporary tattoo!

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 […]

#84 Hatched and turned into #93 & #94

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 […]