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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:14 pm 
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hi there i am new to the forum
i have a male and a female dragon i got them about 6/7 mths ago as i was given them by a friend who was moving and could not take them with him....so i dont know the age but they are about a foot long so they are not babies.. my friend did have them living together but i moved the male to another tank as the male kept biteing the female ( i now know this is a part of the mateing patten)
about 2 week ago the female started digging and laid 6 eggs but they was dark in yellow colour and i was told they was no good.... she has started digging again and walking up and down the tank not eating is this normal?????
also how do i know when she is ready to be mated ????is there a time of the year (winter /summer) or is it just when they are ready???
should i put him back with her ????
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:27 pm 
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Females can lay up to 3 clutches from one mating. Increased mating can have a serious effect on the health of a female, so unless you want lots of babies then the best thing to do is keep them apart. Unsure whether females every have the 'urge' :wink: so she probably isn't bothered. Males on the other hand can be ready all the time ( :roll: ) and as you have found out, they can be rough with the females
Chances are she is getting ready to lay again as this is normal behaviour, digging, pacing, lack of appetite. Are you prepared for the eggs? There are lots of posts in this section about getting incubators set up and ready.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:35 pm 
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Hi to let you what your in for if you do start breeding read Rick's- 'Points to ponder before starting a breeding program' in the breeding bearded dragon questions!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:28 pm 
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hi there again thanks for you help... but how do i know if the eggs (if she lays any more ) any good or not


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:25 pm 
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from what i have read, i would set up the incubator and get the eggs in there as if they were going to hatch and then just keep an eye on them!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:36 pm 
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Healthy eggs are creamy white - non fertile eggs are yellowish. Eggs that are not fertile will collapse in about a week. If you are unsure, set up an iincubator and you will soon know! :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:47 pm 
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thanks for all your help, i have been out today looking for thing to set one up and i think i am almost ready :lol:
she is still digging today
how long does it take :? :?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:15 pm 
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Can be anything from a few days to a few hours after they start digging! Difficult to tell really!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:08 pm 
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thanks for all your help
still digging today again
ill let you know when she has them


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:17 pm 
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Bet she is thrashing the viv - sand everywhere! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:36 pm 
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oh yes every thing has gone evrywhere total mess :shock:
i have put her a box in with damp sand
she will dig in that for 20 mins and then get out and dig and then back in
like a jack in the box :lol:


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She'll be happier with the damp sand if you can get it to a temp of around 28C. This is their normal incubating temp +/- and ours are always happier if we've already warmed it up!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:23 pm 
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i was look at my female today (isa) yes she is still digging like mad when i hold her she does not fell as anything is in they
can anyone advice me


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:39 am 
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Any updates to this?

Sometimes they are more inclined to lay their eggs if you dig them a shallow starter hole in the sand as well - that way rather than starting from scratch they only have to modify what's there. Warming the sand slightly is a great idea as well - if you can convince her that she's found the "perfect" spot to lay her eggs she'll be less likely to hang on to them.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:30 pm 
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hi there ok update
she has laid her eggs 12 all together :lol: which i have moved to the incubator this was about 5 days ago..2 collaped :cry: but the rest are looking great
so i guess it is set and wait time, to see if any hatch in 60 day
fingers crossed :D


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