Diet Change

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Diet Change

Postby Venidara » Sun May 12, 2013 10:13 am

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I've read in many places that you should change your bearded dragon's diet when he or she gets older. I've read in a few places that once a bearded dragon is an adult, it's supposed to become more focused on their salad, with lower amounts of large crickets or other feeders, and less frequent supplements.

Could anyone suggest a good balance for an adult and when/how to transition from a previous diet, or tell me if this information is wrong? My bearded dragon is currently a juvenile, 11 months old. Most sources I've read say adult age is usually 1 1/2 years. I currently feed him 7 large crickets dusted with calcium in the morning and evening and a salad throughout the day, which usually contains kale and/or collard greens yellow squash, and often it will include some amount of apple, banana, mango, berries, cactus pear, bell peppers, carrots, or tomato. I'm also about to introduce him to cactus pad.

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Re: Diet Change

Postby destiny1998 » Sun May 12, 2013 2:00 pm

Hi. You really should check out beautifuldragons.com it gives you a list of what to feed. Kale is no good or bananas, tomatoes and carrots.
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Re: Diet Change

Postby icelore » Sun May 12, 2013 10:49 pm

destiny1998 wrote:Hi. You really should check out beautifuldragons.com it gives you a list of what to feed. Kale is no good or bananas, tomatoes and carrots.


Actually, according to the site you linked, it says kale and carrots are fine to feed to beardies, just not as a main staple.
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Re: Diet Change

Postby destiny1998 » Mon May 13, 2013 11:14 am

Actually kale binds calcium and your dragon can get to much vit A from carrots so they should not be fed very often.
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Re: Diet Change

Postby icelore » Mon May 13, 2013 11:16 am

destiny1998 wrote:Actually kale binds calcium and your dragon can get to much vit A from carrots so they should not be fed very often.


not be fed very often = not as a main staple

I really don't understand why people link to this site, then say not to feed things that it says you can.
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Re: Diet Change

Postby destiny1998 » Mon May 13, 2013 3:20 pm

OK just trying to help you. Also your dragon should be eating way more than 14 crickets a day. He should be eating as much as he wants twice a day for 15 mins. So he could easily eat 50 crickets a day.
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Re: Diet Change

Postby Venidara » Tue May 14, 2013 5:42 am

I feed vegetables very strictly based on that list, actually.
And I have NEVER heard of feeding 50 crickets a day, ever. Even when he was younger and I gave him more crickets, I gave him closer to 35 or so. And multiple sources told me that an adult should be getting no more than 50 a week.
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Re: Diet Change

Postby destiny1998 » Tue May 14, 2013 10:56 am

OK well I know I've read on here of peoples beardies eating 75 a day,but maybe yours just doesn't have a big appetite. Every dragon is different. Good luck.
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Re: Diet Change

Postby icelore » Tue May 14, 2013 11:09 am

destiny1998 wrote:OK well I know I've read on here of peoples beardies eating 75 a day,but maybe yours just doesn't have a big appetite. Every dragon is different. Good luck.


This depends highly on the size of the food. if I put 75 crickets the size of my beardie's mouth in a bag, it would be almost as big as he is and weigh more.
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Re: Diet Change

Postby destiny1998 » Tue May 14, 2013 5:52 pm

My 11 month old eats 10 to 15 adult roaches a day which is equal to about 40 crickets a day. Just saying.
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Re: Diet Change

Postby CGuzmanReptiles » Sun May 19, 2013 6:53 pm

Mine can eat 80 1/2 inch dubias in a day no problem or 100+ crickets if I let him. When it comes to feeding, dragons are little pigs so as a rule of thumb you should be feeding him/her as much as he likes for a period of 10-15 minutes twice a day. When they reach adulthood they should transition to 80% greens 20% protein.
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Re: Diet Change

Postby icelore » Sun May 19, 2013 8:07 pm

destiny1998 wrote:My 11 month old eats 10 to 15 adult roaches a day which is equal to about 40 crickets a day. Just saying.


Which is fine, especially if you compare the weight of the food items with the weight of your dragon. As I stated, compared to the size of *my* dragon, if he ate by quantity number only, he would be eating his own weight in crickets due to the size I feed. I seriously doubt that your dragon only weighs as much as 10-15 roaches. By all means, if I'm wrong and you are feeding your dragon 100% of his weight in one sitting, feel free to correct me. The point I was making was that it's not about he number of bugs they eat by quantity, but by mass amount. Which is why when you order crickets from most places, they ship by weight, not by number of bugs in a box.
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Re: Diet Change

Postby Venidara » Mon May 20, 2013 1:35 am

The 80%/20% thing is what I'm talking about.
He's getting older, so I think based on that I should be feeding less crickets. I may be wrong.
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