Hatching eggs is an exciting part when you are breeding bearded dragons.
Hatching will take between 50-80 days; sometimes the average would take 2 months.
The success of the incubation process will depend more on the number of factors most especially on the temperature and humidity.
Before hatching the eggs will deflate for 24 to 48 hours.
You may see the following:
- The eggs seem to appear with sweat
- Droplets of water will moist the egg surface
These occurrences are normal. It is part of the egg deflation.
The baby bearded dragons that are about to hatch have small egg tooth on the snout tip, the baby beardie will this in breaking the egg when it’s time for them to go out.
The first opening is small and it will be followed by large ones with the bearded dragons nose and head.
Normally, when you see the head outside the egg and it does not come out fully, the baby bearded dragon is resting and it would take 24- 36 hours before going out with their full body.
Allow your pet to go out on its own. Do not pull them out forcefully, it might get hurt.
If they now came out, let them remain if the incubator for 24 hours before transferring them to their new home.
The process of placing them in the incubator for 24 hours will avoid temperature shock, and stimulate other eggs to hatch.
In a given female hutch, there are 2-3 dragons that will hatch out in a day. Just be patient, and wait at least one week before concluding that the eggs you have are dead and will no longer hatch.
Care for the Neonates
The set up for the neonates must like of the adult dragons.
A moist paper towel must be their temporary substrate; it will prevent the occurrence of dehydration and further prevents injury.
It will make them easier to move as they try to stretch their muscles and bones.
The substrate must be regularly misted and allow them to drink on it until the day they will eat.
The hatchlings can still have small umbilicus, it is a pinkish tissue located on the belly button, and it is the remains of the bearded dragon’s link to the egg yolk.
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It will just disappear after 1-2 days.
The newly hatch bearded dragons may be full of yolk after going out. It will serve as their source of nutrients for almost a week.
After that, give them food like small sized crickets and green leafy vegetables being finely chopped.
Sometimes, the baby bearded dragons will reject the food, you can introduce it the next day.
When the baby beardie reaches one week, they will look like their parents and they will become strong and behave like a baby.
Food must be given to them in exact full amounts, the babies needs a lot of foods in gaining strength.
Growth and development requires the basic needs.
The baby bearded dragon must also be separated from big ones; they might hurt each other inside and cause injury.
The house should be clean regularly as these dragons are susceptible to illnesses and diseases.
Be sure that the proper husbandry is being provided.
Your baby bearded dragon will grow normally strong and healthy.