Dragons and egg laying:
If you suspect your female may have infertile eggs, first thing you should do is make sure you have a proper lay bin set up. Without a proper place to lay her eggs, she can possibly retain them, causing issues such as becoming egg bound so it’s very important to give her a proper lay space.
You’ll want to ensure that she stays well hydrated and bump up her calcium intake for the duration of her egg cycle, and at least a week after laying. Keep an eye on her fat pads on top of her head. If they sink in suddenly and she is scratching in the tank, like she wants to dig a hole... she needs to lay eggs.
If you find that your girl is laying egg clutches month after month, try dropping the daylight heat hours by an hour or so. Also cut back on protein intake, for instance, if she gets 20 bugs a day, cut it to 10 or 15 a day instead. This won’t stop her body from producing follicles or eggs but it should be enough to slow the egg laying cycle she may be stuck in.
I’ve noticed people quick to say “spay her” and that is not always necessary. Spaying a dragon is very hard on them and some don’t do well under anesthesia. Only when it’s life threatening do they usually consider spaying a dragon.
For a proper lay bin, you’ll want to get one at least 30 gallon.
The one we use is 32”L x 20”W x 18”H
We fill it 1/3 of the way with children’s play sand, add water and mix it up to the same consistency as beach sand.
Make sure you have a heat lamp clamped to one end of the tub for heat. We use just a 50 watt small halogen flood bulb in the bin for heat. If you’re worried about her climbing out, you can cut a hole in one end of the lid the same size as your dome heat lamp, so the edge sits just on the rim.. on the other end of the lid, you can cut a ventilation hole the same size, hot glue some screen to the underside so she cannot climb out. (See pics on the original post in the group. You can locate the group by clicking the button on the home page of this website, to be taken to Bearded Dragons and Common Sense Care facebook page, or click here.)
Be sure the sand is level as well (they can jump and climb.. and will, if given a chance to escape lol)
Dragons will dig a burrow in the damp play sand, back in.. lay her eggs and then bury them. You’ll know she is done once they’re buried.
Let her finish this process before digging up the eggs to freeze until garbage day.
Be sure to bathe her after and offer her a good drink of water. You’ll want to help her to restore the fat and calcium lost from producing the eggs. They use the calcium and fat stores from their own body to produce eggs if extra isn’t given while gravid.
You can offer wax worms, calcium worms, hornworms (great for hydration and dipping into calcium powder) butter worms etc. Also be sure she has access to fresh dark leafy greens daily as they’re great for hydration as well.