Insects for Baby Bearded Dragons

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Insects for Baby Bearded Dragons

Postby BeardieGuy24 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:30 pm

Besides crickets, what insects and bugs are good for baby (and adult) beardies to eat?
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Re: Insects for Baby Bearded Dragons

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:39 pm

Dubia roaches and BSFL-- here are some websites -- these do not need to be dusted -- ---
I use dubia roaches as my staple and give Blaze and Hiccup BSFL as well - the BSFL are added to the top of Blazes salad first thing in the morning a long w/ 2 super worms to entice him to bowl -- I want him to eat his greens and he is eating them now w/ no problem-- I started tho when he was 7 weeks and he is now 6 months this Fri---- Hiccup on the other hand does not eat his greens and I did not do that when he was 3 months old when I got him so now he wont touch them :( ---
Butter worms wax worms and horn worms can also be fed to them --- butter worms and wax worms are more of a treat --- horn worms are a hydrating worm and grow really fast -- silkworms are also good but can be spendy and are hard to find
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Re: Insects for Baby Bearded Dragons

Postby Claudiusx » Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:45 pm

Karries list is good, however butterworms are great feeder worms and are not like waxworms at all. High calcium low fat. Whereas waxworms are very high fat and are more like beardie candy bars.

My top list of feeder insects in order of best to not best (personal opinion)
    Dubia roaches

For babies, you can use small mealworms and small supers. But really, they are at the bottom.of the list not because they are bad, but because the ones above them.are so good :)

Note also I dont include waxworms in my list as I truly do treat them as beardie candy bars. They aren't a food in this household, only a treat LOL :D

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Re: Insects for Baby Bearded Dragons

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:57 pm


Best choices IMO are
> blowfly gents ( and the flies - so don't ditch the pupae )
> black soldier fly lavae instar two and the flies (so don't throw away the pupae)
> silkworms ( especially fed on mulberry leaves ( red, white or black varieties of mulberry are all fine) , for a month old you can give silkworms about 1/2 inch long , I've fed 7g hatchlings silkworms 1 inch long and they hoovered 4 to 6 per meal), my gang aways loved the moths too.
> for a 7g hatching I'd start off on 25 day old ( 1/4 size ) crickets who are gutloaded with calcium rich fresh greens and bearded dragon pellets ( the dry type ) and are dusted LIGHTLY daily with calcium powder , and a 1:1 mix of vitamins and calcium powders on the weekends.
Similar sized roaches or hoppers are fine too.

NO MEALWORMS or SUPERWORMS until about 12 months old ( then only as treats ).

BSFL ( you'll use maybe 40 - 50 per feed )
medium to adult crickets
medium to adult roaches
medium to adult hoppers
large silkworms

occasional mealworm lavae,pupae and beetles
occasional superworm lavae, pupae and beetles
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Re: Insects for Baby Bearded Dragons

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:57 pm

Didnt know about the butter worms -- thats good as my two do not like wax worms---
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