New meal ideas 8 weeks old

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New meal ideas 8 weeks old

Postby applejacks155 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:28 am

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Ok so my beardie is 8 weeks old and loves his crickets but im wondering if there is something else I can be feeding him at this age to change it up a bit. He is 7 and a half inches long weighs about 20 grams
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Re: New meal ideas 8 weeks old

Postby zebraflavencs » Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:57 am

Roaches, phoenix worms, silk worms... all these are great staples!
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Re: New meal ideas 8 weeks old

Postby SJM » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:51 am

Finding things other than crickets which are appropriately-sized and wont grow out of size fast for a beardie so young isn't the easiest thing. If I were you, I would just stick to crickets and veggies for now, and wait until he's bigger to add other insects into the mix.

If you really want, I would recommend phoenix worms and silk worms. If you live somewhere warm, they can grow really fast though. Also, silk worms can get pretty pricey. Beardies tend to jump for joy for phoenix worms.

I've heard of people feeding small locusts. If you did that I'd recommend posting a forum asking about where you can get healthy locusts, how big they should be, and how to care for them.

You could start raising your own colony of roaches, which people usually breed themselves. Get a big tub, egg cartons, throw female and male roaches in there, and eventually you'll have a breeding colony. The con is that unless you bought a ton of them, they'd take awhile to breed sufficiently to feed your dragon. Also, it is in my opinion that most of the roaches in your colony would be too big, and you'd end up with excess large roaches and nothing to do with them. If you decided to do this, I'd post a forum to get some pointers.

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Re: New meal ideas 8 weeks old

Postby SJM » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:53 am

Oh, also, if you want to vary, I think it'd be best to do it in the veggies department. You can feed him a wonderful salad of collard greens, turnip greens, kale, with bits of squash to liven it up :) Thor loves his squash and it makes the salad look so much more colourful.

Here's a good feeding chart:
http://www.beautifuldragons.503xtreme.com/Nutrition.html

I'd stick to the foods in green. :D

Hope this helps.
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Re: New meal ideas 8 weeks old

Postby applejacks155 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:18 am

My baerdie wont eat and greens yet thats why i was looking into different feeders
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