DawnsNova wrote:Do you guys feed the original Phoenix worms from the creator, they say they are more nutritious than other "copy" worms? Is this true or just a gimmick? I want to get the best food I can for him, I have ordered the correct ReptiSun 10 bulb and I am hoping his appetite will increase as soon as I install it. Right now he barely shows any interest in crickets, he's just about 3 months old, and I've been offering dusted 1/2" crickets three times a day, with only the first feeding dusted. He never hunts them down and only eats them if they basically walk right in front of his face. I end up catching most of the crickets I've put in, with only a few gone. He's not at all interested in his greens either, I've tried softened acorn squash, occasional apple, shredded kale and collard greens, all minced into tiny pieces. So far he doesnt look thin, but i am definitely concerned. Nova joined our family on Sept. 15th.
Here's yet another question: are the calcium supplements only sufficient, with or without D3, or should I be using the Reptivite vitamins as well ? And, here's one more, do you use the water conditioner, or is bottled water ok?
Sorry for the endless stream of questions... I just want to take the best care of my new baby.
Thanks to everyone for all you patience, understanding, and past and future help, I really appreciate it.
Well you and i have something in common we are both learning as we go along about how to care for out baby Beardies. Well a few things i have learned so far is. How big is he/she.? As i think the 1/2" Crickets are to big for him/her. I feed mine 1/4" Crickets again as i went to the 3/8" Crickets and they hurassed my baby and bite her/him and she got scared of them. So i had to go back to the 1/4" Crickets and she/he is fine with them.
1) Its better to feed your baby beardie in another container (I feed mine in a 5 gallon tank right now) as its a WHOLE lot easier to catch the crickets or other feeders.
2)Baby Beardie's usually arent very interested in there greens,Veggies and fruit but no matter what you have to supply it for them they will eventually eat it. ( Mine wouldnt touch greens, Veggies or fruit) But is now starting to nibble a bit. You have to offer the Greens, Veggies or fruit first thing in the morning. I feed mine his/her Herbs and greens or other stuff at 9:30 am i turn her/his lights on at 9:00 am. Then i feed her/his first insect feeding around 11:00 am and his/her next insect feeding at around 5:00 pm then i bath her at about 7:00 pm them lights out at around 9:00 pm. Thats what i try to do every day.
Oh wow thats kewl my baby Beardie turned 3 months on the 15th of September thats great.
3) You need to give her the Calcium with D3 or least thats what i was told. Oh yes you need to use the Reptivite aswell. You need to give her/him Calcium 5 times a week and the Reptivite 3-4 times a week again thats what i was told.
4) As for the water conditioner im not sure wether its better or bottle water is but i dont give my baby Beardie water in her/his tank because if any water gets spilt or splashed it could cause problems like dampness which could cause things to get musty etc. I give mine a bath daily.
5) As for the bath you can use a container but i use either my Kitchen sink ( wash out and make sure its well rinsed and only put in enough water to come to her/his armpits (I keep the sides shallow to his/her pits and of corse deeper in the middle which they love to swim in if yours loves to swim as mine does). Or i have bathed her/him in the bathe tub (lean and rinse well) but as above keep a shallow end to her/his armpits DO NOT LEAVE HIM/HER UNINTENDED,
These are just the things i have learned from the great people in this great site. If any of the experts in here read this and i have stated anything wrong please correct me i dont want to hurt any animal or person giving wrong info. These are things i have been told by different people in here.
Good luck Dawn on your beautifull baby Beardie.
Sorry for being so long winded