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Old 08-09-2017, 11:16 AM   #1
Saamaanthaaleigh
Bearded Dragon Breeding

Hi all, wondering everyone else's thoughts regarding the correct age for breeding male bearded dragons.

I understand females need to be 18 months AND (not or) 350 grams. I typically wait until my ladies are closer to the 2 year marker.

However, I have seen breeders breeding their males as young as 9 months and saying that they produce a larger clutch when they are that young?

Is it recommended for a male to be 18 months and 350 grams as well?

Also, at what age is it recommended to "retire" breeders at?

Thanks in advance!
 
Old 08-10-2017, 05:47 PM   #2
elena
For males, for me, the main consideration is size. If the male is too much smaller than the female, she may potentially injure him. I have never personally heard of younger sires producing larger clutches, but maybe someone else will chime in on that.

As for retirement, I usually retire females when their clutch size significantly decreases, suggesting a drop in fertility due to age. I have not had to retire a male due to age in the time I was breeding dragons, but I'm sure they do eventually get too old.
 
Old 08-10-2017, 05:50 PM   #3
Saamaanthaaleigh
thank you for the information! Very helpful!
 

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