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Q: Any tips on Beardie egg incubation. I've hatched two clutches last year, but two have died this year.
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Minnie [02]
Oh, here we go. Our beardie mama has just laid her third clutch of 09. We had two from her last summer and incubated those well, all but three out of each clutch hatched. They're getting big now! Anyways, we did the same thing this time, had the incubator ready, got the vermiculite ready. Tried to do equal weight water to equal weight vermiculite. Kind of hard, I don't have a scale. Then, we took the eggs out with out rotating or turning them, I buried them 3/4 of the way in the vermiculite and we had them at 84 degrees. We just have a chicken incubator, but it was awesome last summer. This year I can't get it to stay at a proper temp. We have a thermometer that shows lowest and highest temperature and it seems to just bounce around. We have a second one that we're going to set up. But I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions or tips. Aaron sprays them almost every night and we leave some water in the bottom of the incubator. Should there be a layer of water in the base of each container? I'd appreciate any suggestions, we've done a lot of research, but haven't talked to any beardie breeders around here. THANKS!!!!

The picture below is of our incubator set up from last summer that worked just fine, we only lost 3 eggs in each clutch, everyone else hatched. Aaron has been trying a lot of different things. At one point he had sand on the top just to see how quickly it dried out. The eggs are more covered this time around. We just had our third clutch of the year laid. We need these ones to be healthy, I can't have her keep draining herself if I can't incubate her eggs properly.

Like I said any suggestions or personal tricks would be fantastic. We're open to anything. I want these beautiful kids that Minnie and Hannibal put out. Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Lavender, it's crazy.


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Points: 150
Topics: Copulation , Incubation
Tags: Eggs, Incubation
Species: Lizards > Lizards > Pogona vitticeps
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Accepted Answer 3/2/2009 3:41:56 PM

Sounds like your set-up is about right.

I don't think I like what you said about "sprays them almost every night".  I never spray any of my eggs.  I make sure there is visible water in the bottom of the container and that the vermiculite stays somewhat moist, but the eggs should not be wet.  Spraying might make too much moisture especially on the eggs themselves.  I try hard to resist any temptation to mess with them at all.  I open up the containers briefly to exchange some fresh air, and if the vermiculite ever looks like it's drying, I dribble just a little water in on the side, not on the eggs.

After about 2-3 weeks from hatching, I usually turn out the lights and candle the eggs with a little pen light.  I shine the light very briefly next to the egg.  What I want to see there is a nice rosy pink glow.  Sometimes I look closer and look for small veins developing just inside the egg.  Sometimes you can see that.  Bad eggs will have more of a yellow-brown appearance in the light.  But don't leave that pen light on there too long!  Just a few seconds.  And try to just leave them alone if all the conditions are good, especially if you think they are good eggs.  Usually I expect they are good if I see that nice rosy pink glow in the pen light.  After that I just open them up for some air about once a week or so.
Member Comment 3/2/2009 6:15:54 PM

I dont know too much about incubating beardie eggs, but is it possible that you have them too deeply burrowed and they are absorbing too much water?
Assisted Answer 3/2/2009 10:01:48 PM

Joseph Jenkins
don't spray every night, your causing too many temp changes, I only mist once ever week to 2 weeks if that, there is no point in misting often. Your incubator should hold in moisture. Just make sure the vermiculite isn't soaked, but wet enough to keep form when molded.
A couple drops of water should drip when being squeezed is a good way to tell a good moisture.
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