Tong feeding help

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Tong feeding help

Postby Al6911 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:33 pm

I made a post a few weeks back about how Dovah would only eat his proteins with tongs. This is still true. He will pick at his veggies if you don't tong feed them. Well, work has changed, and I simply don't have time to tong feed him. I really need help breaking this habit. Please, this has caused me so muh stress, I have returned to debating re-homing him. I'm worried that he isn't as healthy as he could be because of this issue. His droppings look normal, and he has a decent weight. I guess I could sprinkle the bug gel (aka the only protein I can get him to eat) powder on his greens and whatnot, but I'm not sure.
I want the best for my little guy. His breeder won't return my emails.

If re-homing is the best for him, I am willing to do so, but I will miss him very much. I do love him.
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Re: Tong feeding help

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:48 pm

If you place the food on his floor of his tank will he eat it off the floor? What are you using for a substrate? Mine will eat off the tile as well as the tong and my hand --- but they also eat out of the bowl --- I did all of those when they were babies so -- not sure how to re train ---
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Re: Tong feeding help

Postby Al6911 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:33 pm

He doesn't like to eat off of the tile (that's what he has all over his cage) unless he drops something
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Re: Tong feeding help

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:47 pm

Ok maybe some others on here have some ideas for you
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Re: Tong feeding help

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:08 pm

Maybe try some different sizes/shapes of dish to feed from. Maybe a clear sided dish that would show movement through it would work.
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Re: Tong feeding help

Postby CutieDragon » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:39 am

Since he is a good size and weight maybe you can wait him out? Don't tong feed at all and he will eventually get hungry enough to go after the food himself? I notice when my guy isn't as hungry he gets pretty lazy and wants to be tong fed, but when he is hungry he will run across a cage to chase food. I am currently pet sitting an extra dragon that came very undernourished and not well cared for and he would not eat (he was previously only fed wax worms and lettuce). It took about a week and a couple of soaks in 50/50 pedialyte/water to get him to eat what I offered (crickets). I am not sure if all dragons will eventually change feeding behavior if hungry enough or that was just my experience.
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