Incubating Bearded Dragon Eggs- Using Little Giant

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by LilDucky85, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. LilDucky85

    LilDucky85 Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    Northern, Illinois
    My older sister is borrowing my Little Giant incubator tomorrow to hatch Bearded Dragon eggs. Has anyone else done this with any type of incubator? I've read up on it, and the standards are basically the same as hatching poultry eggs.

    They have never hatched anything in an incubator before so I am writing up first hand instructions with using the Little Giant. I've hit all the areas that I can think of but I feel like I'm forgetting things. Any and all suggestions are welcome!
  2. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Songster

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    I have no idea - but good luck!
  3. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    Does it have a fan in it? The fan can dry out the eggs and kill them all. They're nothing like chicken eggs. I've hatched hundreds of BD's, but being in CA, I just put the eggs on my shelf and they hatched. I didnt think BDs would be laying now, isnt it time for brumation? The temps are different and water requirements, but I've never used a bator so Im not sure what they are. I went looking for info just now on my regular sites but I cant find any. Its definitely something she needs to research before doing it I would say.
  4. killer

    killer Songster

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  6. Surehatch

    Surehatch Songster

    Nov 16, 2009
    When you are incubating reptile eggs it's best not to use an incubator with a fan because it will dry the eggs out. You must remember to place the eggs in vermiculite and moisten the vermiculite. Furthermore, a good link will be

    might want to consider getting a purpose build reptile incubator such as the Repti-Pro 5000 or Repti-Hatch for better results.
  7. Rising_Phoenix

    Rising_Phoenix In the Brooder

    May 5, 2009
    Eastern Ks
    I use a little giant still air to hatch leopard geckos pretty successfully, and I know how to hatch beardies too. They will lay 10-30 eggs so be prepared to house a lot of babies. provide a moist substrate at least 4 inches deep like moist sand beneath a flat stone or wood, or you can give her a container of moist moss make sure it is only kinda damp not soaking wet cause it will kill the eggs. After the eggs are laid take them out and this is IMPORTANT DO NOT TURN THEM because reptiles unlike birds attach their yoke and air bubble to one side of the egg and if you turn it they will die! Mark the up side with a pencil, set them in a container of damp vermiculite or perlite about half way buried. I use a Tupperware container and use a drill to poke some holes in the lid about 10-15 and put the lid on and leave one corner of the container undone to let out excess moisture. Set the incubator according to what sex lizards you want 89.6 Fahrenheit or 32 Celsius this will make more males it will take them 55 days to hatch at this temp. If you want bigger babies set the incubator to 82.4 Fahrenheit or 28 Celsius they will hatch in 75 days and produces more females. anywhere in between will make a even ratio of male and females. Set the humidity in between 70-90%. If you need more info just ask.
  8. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    Quote:That sexing by temperature thing doesnt work with all reptiles, just some, such as leopard geckos.
  9. Livinzoo

    Livinzoo Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Statham, GA
    I incubated some chameleon eggs. I used a Styrofoam cooler that I had built a styrofoam shelf in. I put a few inches of water in it and a submersible aquarium heater. I used some disposable food storage container with a few holes poked in the sides. Soaked vermiculite in water squeezed it out and placed it in the food container placing the lid on. Placed the eggs in and checked them once a week.

    Good luck

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