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how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby curtbone123 » Tue May 22, 2012 7:36 pm

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hi yall :) its been a long time since i been on here i miss everyone and there beardies :mrgreen: but anyway my bearded dragon has been kind of slim for a while now an i was wondering what can i give him to make him gain more weight cuz he looks flat like nothing is in his stomach he is a year and 5 months old he eats fine its just that i dont know what to give him to fatting him up and also his color turns dark alot of times when i take him out the cage why is that? please help
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby cjsdragons » Tue May 22, 2012 7:46 pm

he looks really healthy id just keep on track for what your doing how much does he weigh at 5 months he should be around 300 350 some hit 500 at 6 months
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby curtbone123 » Tue May 22, 2012 10:07 pm

cjsdragons wrote:he looks really healthy id just keep on track for what your doing how much does he weigh at 5 months he should be around 300 350 some hit 500 at 6 months

thats him in the picture when he was younger he is grown now ill post a picture of him of how he looks now but i dont know how many grams is he i do know i see loose skin on him an like i said he is about a year and 5 months old
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby sweetiepie9 » Tue May 22, 2012 10:31 pm

He should be fully grown at this point. What do you use for UVB? Is it a newish light. I'm trying to think of what could be causing him not to eat. Some dragons are just lean, I have 2 that I have trouble keeping weight on, so I've given them babyfood to get them through periods where they just don't want to eat. And as for stressing out when you take him out, I'm not sure about that either. Do you handle him alot? Dragons can get really picky, especially this time of year, they go through "spring fever" when they only think of breeding, not eating. Even if you have a single beardie it can affect them, too. What is he eating at this point? Anyway, start by measuring his length & his weight. And measure him from his snout to his vent. Beardies tails can be different lengths, so I measure all of mine that way. For an example: Didi is 7 1/2" from snout to vent, he's 6 yrs old & weighs 418g. Leo is the same length from snout to vent but he's 492g and 5 yrs old. Rubio is 10 1/2" from snout to vent, he weighs 749g (yes he's a big boy!) and is 4 yrs old. Lonzo is 9 yrs old, is 8 1/2" from snout to vent & 508g. Gabriel, my newest rescue, is 7" from snout to vent & 282g; he's 2 yrs old & is really underweight & undersized. So that gives you an example of different beardies. They're all under power suns & they all have new lights. I didn't realize their lights had gone past their due dates & they didn't have UVB for a month, so that also affected their appetites. Now that the lights are new, they're back eating & gaining weight again.
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby tgolden » Wed May 23, 2012 3:38 am

Wax worms are good for weight gain. Not a good staple feeder tho due to them being high in fat.
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby cjsdragons » Wed May 23, 2012 6:19 am

curtbone123 wrote:
cjsdragons wrote:he looks really healthy id just keep on track for what your doing how much does he weigh at 5 months he should be around 300 350 some hit 500 at 6 months

thats him in the picture when he was younger he is grown now ill post a picture of him of how he looks now but i dont know how many grams is he i do know i see loose skin on him an like i said he is about a year and 5 months old

oh at a year and 5 months i had thought it was just 5 months
he should be about 20-22 inchs at this point and fully grown out did you have him checked for pinworms?
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby sweetiepie9 » Wed May 23, 2012 6:37 am

20-22" long could be a bit long. Most beardies are anywhere from 18-22" long, depends.
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby cjsdragons » Wed May 23, 2012 6:38 am

sweetiepie9 wrote:20-22" long could be a bit long. Most beardies are anywhere from 18-22" long, depends.

im use to trans :P those long tails jade the numbers and make them seem bigger than they really are lol
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby sweetiepie9 » Wed May 23, 2012 6:51 am

Well that explains it. I have 5 dragons, all rescues or adopted. Rubio's the biggest dragon, he's 22" long with a tail nip, but no idea how much of his tail is missing, as it's the very end of the tail. The rest are all about 17" - 18" some with tail nips, some not. Even my new rescue Gabriel who's so tiny, his tail is 10 1/2" long, which is long for a tail! That's why I always measure snout to vent, gives a more realistic measurement, when it comes to comparing with other dragons. Bet your trans is a beautiful dragon!
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby cjsdragons » Wed May 23, 2012 7:11 am

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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby drgnfly2265 » Wed May 23, 2012 8:21 am

Have you tested him for parasites recently?
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby bunnyrut » Wed May 23, 2012 9:00 am

feed him things high in fat, and try to feed more than normal each day.

how much do you feed each day?

is he eating like a pig but not gaining weight?

they get dark when they are trying to absorb heat. when Mr Dargon goes outside in the sun he gets dark for about 30 minutes. then he brightens up and takes off.

I always joke that he is charging up, and when he takes off his charge is complete.
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby curtbone123 » Wed May 23, 2012 12:22 pm

He eats like 5 to 10 superworms a day so he don't have a problem eating its just I think he is not eating enough and my uvb light is up to date he barely eat his veggies too and I haven't gotten him check for parasites either I hope dats not the problem
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

Postby cjsdragons » Wed May 23, 2012 12:31 pm

curtbone123 wrote:He eats like 5 to 10 superworms a day so he don't have a problem eating its just I think he is not eating enough and my uvb light is up to date he barely eat his veggies too and I haven't gotten him check for parasites either I hope dats not the problem

superworms are kind of a pointless food that might be why they shouldent be the staple they have small nutritional value i stick with solely roachs
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Re: how to make my beardy gain some weight?

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