With an incubator you can hatch the eggs of your female animals yourself and are not dependent on heat lamps or the heat of the sun. An incubator is most often used in the breeding of chicken eggs. Here, however, it should primarily be about turtle breeding and thus about the appropriate incubator for turtle eggs and the eggs of other reptiles.
Turtles and other reptiles need a really good summer to hatch in the wild. If you want to breed the animals and if possible still breed to the female sex, you should use an incubator. With this device, the temperature can be precisely adjusted to the degree and kept constant. Nature does not manage this and unfortunately our latitudes often ensure that the majority of all hatched turtles are male. Therefore, there is a real surplus of male turtles.
Turtle eggs can be incubated very reliably with the reptile incubators. Thanks to the precise setting of the temperature, female animals can be specifically incubated at 33 to 34 °C. Of course, the temperature is not a guarantee for the female sex, but a warmer brood temperature significantly increases the chances. After 50-70 days, the turtles hatch in the incubator and remain in it for some time. Therefore, it is important to choose such an incubator, where bowls can also be put in without problems. With an incubator for chicken eggs there is hardly room for this.
Incubators are cheaper and smaller in size equipped with fewer functions. First and foremost, it is intended for hatching chicken eggs. However, he also does a sovereign job with turtle eggs. Incubation temperature, humidity, air circulation and the duration, can be conveniently adjusted on the device. Through the transparent lid, the view of the eggs is possible at any time.
Important for the brood is also the substrate in which the eggs lie and the temperature of this. This should be constant especially in the breeding substrate. The incubator must therefore be set warmer than the substrate should be, so that this remains at the constant desired temperature. The fluctuations in the incubator are irrelevant, since a constant temperature prevails in the substrate.
A really good substrate from own experience is the Lucky Reptile HatchRite. The substrate is already moist and does not need to be additionally moistened. Even during the breeding season, no further moisture needs to be generated, since a lot of moisture is stored in the substrate. Mold formation is inhibited. It is best to fill the Hatch Rite substrate into a plastic box and cover it with up to 4 eggs each. Through different boxes can also be varied with the temperature in the incubator in the different zones. And when animals hatch from the eggs, there is enough space in the box for it to move. If the boxes are too full, this becomes critical.
Advantage: this already moist substrate does not dry out in the incubator. As a result, it does not remove moisture from the eggs and at the same time protects the embryos in the eggs.
True, the reptile incubator can reach the temperature range necessary for the winter rigidity of land turtles, but if we are honest, an incubator for this purpose is not intended. On the one hand, it consumes an enormous amount of electricity and on the other hand it is then in continuous operation for 4 to 5 months. For the small breeding of reptiles, the incubator is great and really recommended, but not for the permanent load of a winter rigid. Here, wintering should still take place in the open ground or, alternatively, in a refrigerator.