My salmon pink birdeater made her eggsac yesterday! (Well, technically it took from Thursday to Saturday.) She was kind enough to do it out in the open, right in the front of her tank, and I got photos of a lot of the process.
For those who want to skip right to the list of pics (out of chronological order, the page lists them alphabetically): www.kizandjenn.com/salmonpinkeggsac
So, here the pics are in chronological order:
First, she started putting down a bowl of silk Thursday evening. Friday around noon she was still sitting in it, and it was thicker.

I got home Friday night at 9 pm and she had deposited the eggs and sperm as a goopy yellow mass in the silken bowl:
If only I had skipped the grocery store, I might have seen her doing that part. :-/ In the photo, she is starting to make a layer of silk over the eggs.
She then spent over three hours making a new layer of silk over the eggs, taking short breaks to rest. It's a really thick layer of silk! I took a lot of pics over the three hours, so you don't have to look at all of them if you don't want. :-)
As she works, you can see less and less yellow through the silk. (BTW, I took a lot of the photos without a flash so as not to disturb her, so some of them are a bit blurry.)
Finally, after 1 am, she pulled up the anchors to the silken bowl:

She started to slowly roll it into a ball:
She was taking her sweet time, rolling it up then unrolling it, so I went to bed around 2 am.
This morning, she's done!

I hope you enjoy the photos! I'll post updates on how the eggsac does. If she will take care of it, in about a month and a half the eggs should have turned into nymphs and I can take it away from her to set the babies up. I'm really hoping I don't have to flip the darn thing myself this time!
Jennifer
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Why not let her open it herself?, i always do with 100% succ rate
My salmon pink birdeater made her eggsac yesterday! (Well, technically it took from Thursday to Saturday.) She was kind enough ... some of them are a bit blurry.) Finally, after 1 am, she pulled up the anchors to the silken bowl:

http://kizandjenn.com/salmonpinkeggsac/salmon.pink.eggsac.pulling.up.silk1.j pg
http://kizandjenn.com/salmonpinkeggsac/salmon.pink.eggsac.pulling.up.silk2.j pg
http://kizandjenn.com/salmonpinkeggsac/salmon.pink.eggsac.pulling.up.silk3.j pg
http://kizandjenn.com/salmonpinkeggsac/salmon.pink.eggsac.pulling.up.silk4.j pg
Why not let her open it herself?, i always do with 100% succ rate

I haven't been as lucky. My first eggsac had to be taken away from the mom when she was about to eat it.
Also, salmon pinks can have up to 2,500 babies. Would you care to come over and catch all of them out of the tank for me? :-P

Jennifer
Why not let her open it herself?, i always do with 100% succ rate

I haven't been as lucky. My first eggsac had to be taken away from the mom when she was about ... babies. Would you care to come over and catch all of them out of the tank for me? :-P Jennifer

Good job! How is it going with those clueless males? Emotion: smile

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Well, the male B. baumgarteni seemed to figure out how to do it after a couple months of being a dork. We're hoping he bred all three females, we'll find out soon. However, the male B. smithi appeared clueless to the end, when a grumpy female munched him. :-/
So, uh, anybody out there have an adult male B. smithi? :-P Actually, I'd really love to get my hands on another one, as my proven female just molted this week and will be ready to go again soon. I've got a subadult male, but he won't be ready until next breeding season.

Jennifer
Awesome series of pictures!!
Becki
Cool pics! I suppose you'll sell the spiderlings to your boss, right?

Anna
Cool pics! I suppose you'll sell the spiderlings to your boss, right? Anna

Yep, if he can find a buyer. Otherwise, if I have to raise them myself I'll have to let them live together and munch eachother until they're down to a more manageable population. :-/
Jennifer
Congrats! Be prepared for a ton of slings. The sac my 14 slings came from contained 2,605. I'm glad I didn't have to seperate them!

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