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Beardie Eggs

Postby Mmcgrauth » Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:20 pm

Hi everyone. Our female beardie just laid a clutch of 19 eggs... noticed a lot of them starting to cave in.. added more water which brought the humidity up to 70% and temp is at a steady 83 F .[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Beardie Eggs

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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby Drache613 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:25 pm

Hello,

They are fertile, correct?
Those temperatures & humidity are pretty good. Are they in an incubator then?

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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby Mmcgrauth » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:47 pm

Drache613 wrote:Hello,

They are fertile, correct?
Those temperatures & humidity are pretty good. Are they in an incubator then?

Tracie

Yes I put a pen light behind them and I see red veins, some more prominent than the others. The yellow ones
I took out. I actually have them in a container with moistened substrate with the gauge I bought and I put a hole in the lid and then put that in an even bigger container with a small bowl of water on the opposite end, moistened the inside of the big container and covered it with press n seal because I don’t have a lid. I have the light on it enough to keep the temp and humidity steady. I definitely was not expecting eggs... and apparently she could have more!?? Is that right away?
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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby claudiusx » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:31 am

How exciting.

How old are the eggs?

Vermiculite or perlite might have been a better substrate to use. Is that playsand? The sand looks pretty dry to me.

She could lay another clutch, but it would typically be in a few weeks.
Mmcgrauth wrote:I definitely was not expecting eggs...

Why not LOL? Or is she housed with another dragon?

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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby Mmcgrauth » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:27 pm

claudiusx wrote:How exciting.

How old are the eggs?

Vermiculite or perlite might have been a better substrate to use. Is that playsand? The sand looks pretty dry to me.

She could lay another clutch, but it would typically be in a few weeks.
Mmcgrauth wrote:I definitely was not expecting eggs...

Why not LOL? Or is she housed with another dragon?

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She laid them either Thursday or Friday morning, so 24-48 hours ago. I had to run out and find the first thing I could for her lay bed and just used the same calcium sand for the eggs. Im new the the beardie thing so I’ve been learning as I go. I was hoping the denting wasn’t permanent but they still don’t seem to be coming back up. I’ve been misting the container edges and around each egg a few times per day. So fingers crossed that my inexperience didn’t hurt them. She is has been housed with our male for almost a month in a huge tank at our office but I wasn’t familiar with female bearded dragons so when she started acting weird I did my research and just threw together what I could.
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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby AHBD » Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:21 am

Hi there, can you post a few pics of the incubator ? Were the eggs fully plump when they were first laid and did you add water to the calci sand right away before you put the eggs in ? Is the light/heat source shining down from above ? That can cause then to dry out quickly. I'm not sure how good the eggs will do in that substrate. I have used play sand 1-2 times at least but it's harder to keep the eggs evenly moist. I mostly used vermiculite or a verm./sand mix and it has to have enough water to get it to the consistency of sand-castle building [ thoroughly moist but not wet ] to keep the eggs in good shape. I would make a divot with my finger to lay each egg in, about 1/2 way in to the substrate. When they get near hatching time the have absorbed a lot of water + are quite plump. Here's a couple pictures :

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploa ... _large.jpg

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploa ... _large.jpg

This one had more sand :
https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploa ... _large.jpg
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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby Mmcgrauth » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:19 am

Update on my beardie eggs... laid 9/26 and still going strong in my homemade incubator. I put the eggs in the container with coconut bedding substrate and moss to cover the eggs to keep the moisture up. The eggs have started to pink and plump up and I’m super stoked... just hoping I can keep this going til they hatch 🤞. [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby Aaradimian » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:35 am

Very cool! Assuming all goes to plan, what are your plans for 19 little bundles of lizardy joy?
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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby BeardedDragonSteve » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:17 am

Aaradimian wrote:Very cool! Assuming all goes to plan, what are your plans for 19 little bundles of lizardy joy?

Its amazing compared to lots of warm blooded babies that reptile and amphibians are able to take care of them selves right as they hatch.
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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby Aaradimian » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:26 am

BeardedDragonSteve wrote:
Aaradimian wrote:Very cool! Assuming all goes to plan, what are your plans for 19 little bundles of lizardy joy?

Its amazing compared to lots of warm blooded babies that reptile and amphibians are able to take care of them selves right as they hatch.


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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby claudiusx » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:26 am

How exciting. It's been awhile since we've had some babies here :D
Looking forward to it.

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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby Mmcgrauth » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:55 pm

Aaradimian wrote:Very cool! Assuming all goes to plan, what are your plans for 19 little bundles of lizardy joy?

Well unfortunately only 5 of the 19 made it... most of them
were pretty yellow on the inside and only a couple veins that slowly diminished... BUT the 5 that are left are super healthy.. I will post of a pic of me candling them. I haven’t found pics of the process from start to finish, so hopefully mine will help someone else. 🤞
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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby AHBD » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:18 am

That's too bad. How do you know for sure they went bad, even if they only have a few veins that would not determine conclusively whether they are viable. Did they get too wet ? That will kill them + cause the to turn colors. Be sure the moss around them is not too wet.
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Re: Beardie Eggs

Postby Mmcgrauth » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:01 pm

AHBD wrote:That's too bad. How do you know for sure they went bad, even if they only have a few veins that would not determine conclusively whether they are viable. Did they get too wet ? That will kill them + cause the to turn colors. Be sure the moss around them is not too wet.


They started to really sink in and a few of them started to turn green so I took them out. The moss I mist every few days and the substrate I mist with water around the eggs. I check on the temp and humidity everyday to make sure they aren’t too hot/cold or to dry/wet. The 5 left seem to be really healthy. 🤞
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