As well as Riddick's Adoption Plan, you can also be a Foster Parent.
Dragon eggs normally mature at 4 days. The eggs that come up in the abandoned cave with less than that are easier to snare than hatchlings, and only require some views to hatch. They are usually not very attractive eggs, they are generally the least popular, but sometimes you find a real gem.
I like these eggs because I can enjoy rescuing them, and feeding them. If they are a breed I am collecting, I keep them. But if they're not, I still feed and hatch them, giving them an extra 3 days of life, and making them much more likely to get adopted quickly, because hatchlings always are.
There is ABSOLUTELY NO BENEFIT to playing this way other than the fun of catching the eggs. Which is enough for me. This will likely slow down your progress towards a trophy, because the time you spend feeding and hatching is time not available for catching another egg. I don't care about that. Fostering is for those people who can get their satisfaction out of 'the chase', and who can care for a creature without possessing it. Much like in real life.
Riddick and I agree* that constant swapping over of eggs/snatchlings is callous and cold hearted, but I don't feel any real umbrage about it. After all, the game only functions while people choose to do this.
I have done it, and no doubt that's why I find it understandable, but I think we all have to find our own line to draw in the sand on this one.
For me these days, it is the point at which they hatch that I decide if I will be keeping a hatchling or putting it back. So I name a 'keeper' immediately (named hatchlings cannot be abandoned); a wonderful way of making the naming process meaningful - by naming a hatchling, you are making a commitment.
I love playing Dragon Cave, and one of the things I love about it, is the way this seemingly simple game has all sorts of unexpected strategic decisions to make, and the fun in finding out which one suits you.
*Oops! Seems I expressed myself poorly again. Apparently Riddick doesn't agree that constant swapping eggs/hatchlings is callous and cold hearted - seems I am the big softie on that issue.
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