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How To Incubate Bearded Dragon Eggs (Guide)

Are you looking at hatching bearded dragon eggs?

Do you want to take good care of beardie eggs and hatch as many as possible?

Then, it sounds like you need to know how to incubate bearded dragon eggs.

To incubate bearded dragon eggs, you need to have an incubator and carefully place the eggs inside after they’ve been laid. Then, you need to make sure the temperature is at 80° – 85° degrees Fahrenheit (27° – 29° C), the humidity is at 75%, and wait 40-90 days.

Check out the rest of the post for more details and answers to commonly asked questions.

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Steps For Incubating Bearded Dragon Eggs

This section will go through the steps for incubating bearded dragon eggs.

Follow these steps, and you’ll have a good idea of how to get started on hatching these reptile eggs.

Make Or Pick Your Incubator

The first thing you need to do is make your incubator or buy it.

Making one yourself isn’t tricky, but just buying one is the easiest option.

It’s best to get one with a thermometer and hygrometer built-in for help telling what the temp and humidity are.

Look ahead for more details on making your incubator.

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Wait For The Eggs To Get Laid

With the incubator at home, all you need now are some eggs.

Bearded dragons mate after their brumation period, so if you’re doing the breeding yourself, put a male and female together after they get up from brumation.

After mating, the female will get pregnant with eggs.

In time, she’ll lay them in soil (often buried).

Watch for this and be ready to remove them.

You may want to take the bearded dragon out while you get the eggs.

And if you’re curious how long these lizards stay pregnant, read our post on how long bearded dragons are pregnant.

Move The Eggs Carefully

After the eggs are laid, it’s time to move them.

Rotating or turning eggs over can cause them to die before they’re born.

Be careful to handle them gently and keep them level the whole time you move them.

As you move them into the incubator, make sure you are as gentle as possible. 

Set The Temperature

Once the eggs are in, you need to set the temperature at 80° – 85° degrees Fahrenheit (27° – 29° C).

Some incubators will track the temperature and adjust automatically.

In contrast, others require you to check and adjust the heat manually.

The temperature is the most critical aspect of incubating eggs, so you need to keep a close eye on this.

If the incubator adjusts automatically, it just makes your life easier, but still, check on it a few times a day.

Set The Humidity

You also need to set the humidity.

Adult bearded dragons like the air to be dry, but eggs need high humidity.

Aim for 75% relative humidity.

This is checked with a hygrometer.

Some bought incubators come with a built-in hygrometer.

Many incubators need your help with the humidity.

You may have to add water to a pan at the bottom or in another part of the machine.

If eggs get too dry, they won’t hatch and could have issues.

Check On Them

Once these are set, all you need to do is keep checking on them.

Make sure the temperature and humidity stay in a reasonable range.

Depending on your incubator, you may also want to keep an eye out for mold on the exterior of your eggs’ shells.

This is a sign the surface of the eggs is getting too much direct moisture.

Lower the humidity or dab dry the eggshells to help keep the mold down.

Then, you wait.

The eggs will hatch in 40-90 days as long as they’re fertile.

Congrats! Now you know how to incubate bearded dragon eggs.

How To Make An Incubator For Bearded Dragon Eggs

Making an incubator isn’t too tricky, and there are many ways to do it.

You need the following:

  • Container which holds the temperature steady
  • Heater
  • Thermometer
  • Hygrometer

For example, one setup may go like this:

You could use a styrofoam insulated cooler filled with some water in the bottom and an attachable heating light above inside the lid.

Use chicken wire and solid slats of some kind to create a platform for the eggs to rest on while still letting the water into the air.

Attach a thermometer and hygrometer to the inside of the container.

Now, you’re all set!

It’s not tricky, but the big things you need to watch for are containers capable of holding their temperature steady and a place for water to go to keep the air humid.

Try looking at this video for another idea.

Or, if this all seems like too much, buy one of our picks for the best incubators for bearded dragon eggs.

How Long Does It Take For Bearded Dragon Eggs To Hatch

It usually takes 40-90 days to hatch eggs once they’ve been laid.

This is, of course, only if the eggs are a result of successful male-female mating.

Female bearded dragons can lay eggs without mating.

These eggs don’t contain baby bearded dragons and will never hatch.

The best way to check if an egg is fertile is through candling.

Take great care not to turn the egg over, remove an egg, and put a bright light behind it to see through.

If the egg has blood vessels, a pinkish hue, and you see an embryo inside the egg is fertile.

When you see nothing, this means the egg is infertile, and it’s disposable.

We have another post with more details on bearded dragons laying eggs without mating if you’re interested in learning more on this.

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Conclusion

We hope you found this information on incubating bearded dragon eggs helpful.

It’s not hard if you choose to incubate the eggs rather than keeping them in the soil where they were laid.

Follow these steps for a good experience and start your beardie breeding adventures.