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RE: Breeding my beardie

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Posted by: PHLdyPayne at Thu Mar 24 14:03:59 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHLdyPayne ]  
   

Breeding your dragon to somebody else's female has all kinds of potential problems. For one, you have no idea on the health of the female. If she has any disease, dormant or otherwise, it could infect your male. Same if she has any internal or external parasites.

Finding somebody local who will be willing to do all the work (ie caring for the female, incubating eggs and raising the young) just so you have a single baby to keep, probably isn't going to be of benefit to anybody...unless they do want to get your dragon's unknown genetics into their own breeding projects.

Your best bet is to talk to other bearded dragon owners in your area and see if they will be interested in having your dragon as stud. If you do find one, have them show you a paper from their vet confirming their female is parasite free and doesn't have any illness which could infect your dragon. Then decide if he should bring his female to you, or you bring your male to them for breeding. It may take a few 'visits' to ensure he does what he's suppose to do. As for how the eggs will be distributed, that is something you can negotiate and agree upon. If you only want a single baby, perhaps the female owner can just let you take your pick from the first clutch..

You could advertise with your local reptile organization you are willing to put your dragon up to stud and provide proof of health etc and see if you get any responses. However, alot of breeders are already breeding their dragons now, or have already, so you may not find anybody with ready females for this year. But some people do breed later than others so you just have to search your area.

I don't recommend trying to do it outside of where you can personally drive to. Shipping your dragon to somebody puts alot of stress on the dragon and you have no idea what conditions your dragon will be in while in the care of somebody else. At least if you find a local person interested in a breeding loan, you can check out their facilities before hand or even be there while introductions are made between dragons.
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