Well, I havnt got them yet im picking them up next sunday. They are a year old (so the guy said). Breeding was somthing I would like to know more about for the future.
The guy said she laid eggs once but they were infertile.
I have alot of reading to do to refresh my knowledge on beardies.
If you want to breed this next year, you should learn as much as possible. I'm planning on breeding in one more year, and I've been learning for three years now. I have three 3 binders full of informations, and some is older, so within 3-4 more years, most of it will all be replaced, etc...
having not had any success in breeding my opinion isnt exactly worth its weight in gold.......BUT... theres not a huge amount to know, and my beardies are only 9 months old [21 inches long though]
you have a pair, female should be as large as the male so maybe a little older but not too important, just safer.
if they do the deed they do the deed, once the female begins to get really fat and starts digging around you want to find where she seems to favour where possibble and put a nest there**
If she goes in and doesnt come out for some time and when she does she is slimmer...she has prolly laid her eggs, get them out and incubate them***
if she seems to look at the nesting area but wont go in there and lay it may be cos of the male being there, in which case you could either take the male out and house him elsewhere [ if you have only introducred the pair for breeding ofcourse this wont be a factor]
or place the female in a really simple viv/bin/box that meets temp requirements etc but basically has a huge nesting area** and little else.
Often, to convince beardies to breed together you need so cycle them****
**by nest i mean big arse pile of damp sand, or sand and soil mix, orsand and peat... also can all be contained in a bucket or box, atleast 2 foot long and wide and or thereabouts and about 1 or 2 feet deep.
vermiculite can also be used, other ppl here can advise you better on there techniques.
***as for incubation, again its basically keeping the eggs at a steady 84 degrees or thereabouts for around 90 days in damp vermiculite, again you can get more in depth info on the subject and persoanll experiences here and on other sites.
**** cycling is where you, and you ought to whether you breed your reps or not really, reduce the daylight hours during winter months from say 14-16 hours down to 10-12 gradually [half hour change every 3 days for example over a month or so]
Also the temps can be reduced a bit, altho you must still keep to the mandortory temps for your beardies health...night time drop can be a little harsher.
and also, although with beardies we keep humidity low anyway, can reduce the mistings, if ur beardies drink from a water dish this becomes much easier and less of a worry ofcourse.
then gradually get everything back up to normal by march and hopefully breeding will begin.
I'm sorry, I have to disagree with that, there plenty to know.... It's not the just the laying, there are MANY things you must know. For instance, how much do you think you'll be spending for hatchling food, lights, cages (she'll have about 15-25 babies a clutch, and they can have about 7 clutches), so you'll be having plenty of things to do, not to mention hatchling and gravid females must be taken care of differnently...
I'm not trying to be rude, I just want everyone to get the facts. :wink:
its not like i said theres not much too know... and then ended my post now is it...
feeding hatchlings is kind of a dead ringer.
and as for gravid female care, yes that is a point i didnt mention, but again missbehavin is gona do research still, here there and everywhere im sure....BUT 3 years of learning through books and websites??? er.. not really...
I must have read your post wrong then... "You said there not a HUGE amount to know", so I thought you were saying there's not too much that goes into breeding. What do you mean by hatchlings is kinda a dead ringer?
You can't really learn from books, most of the books are too old to get all your info from, so I just gather information from forums (like you said)...