16 month old beardie

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16 month old beardie

Postby Jakestaken » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:58 am

I just wanted to make sure that I was feeding her enough. She eats mostly greens with some fruit daily, and about 30 crickets a week with maybe 10 superworms.
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Re: 16 month old beardie

Postby AHBD » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:19 am

Hi there, it sounds like an excellent diet. How big is she + what is her weight ? Any pics you can post ? Here's how :

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ Then use the XIMG to upload them
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Re: 16 month old beardie

Postby Reptilelady » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:22 am

Hi,
How much does your beardie weigh and also can you upload a photo so we can see how she looks? :D
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Re: 16 month old beardie

Postby Jakestaken » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:32 am

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Reptilelady wrote:Hi,
How much does your beardie weigh and also can you upload a photo so we can see how she looks? :D


I dont have a scale that can measure her weight but heres a picture. [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: 16 month old beardie

Postby Jakestaken » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:51 am

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Re: 16 month old beardie

Postby AHBD » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:37 am

She looks pretty healthy , nice + big but still on the thin side. What size are the crickets that you feed her ? Are they from the pet store or do you order them yourself ? If you are feeding anything but the large size crickets, be sure to switch to large size. You might also look in to dubia roaches, they're quite a bit larger + more filling. In the mean time you can increase the amount of crickets to help her gain a bit + fill out just a little more. :)
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Re: 16 month old beardie

Postby Reptilelady » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:43 pm

She does look healthy, active and alert which is good but she does look a bit thin. I would try to give her some dubias, BSFL (Black Soldier Fly Larvae's), mix variety of food is best and nutritious! Rule of thumb is usually given as many as beardie wants in 10 to 15 mins. There pretty good at regulating how much they want. Although, since she is 9 months, you'll want to increase more greens + veggies as well.

This website has great nutrition info:
http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html

Also, do you gut-load your insects? If not, you'll want to just feed the feeders vegetable matter only.
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Re: 16 month old beardie

Postby PodunkKhaleesi » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:25 pm

I concur she’s a bit on the thin side but otherwise looks healthy and alert. Dubias have a better meat ratio than crickets so you may want to consider going that route. As the other member mentioned, BSFL are another good feeder choice (just note that their smaller size means you may need to feed her more to reach the equivalent of what you were feeding her in crickets). Some people are tempted to encourage weight gain by feeding their lizards piles of fatty bugs like wax worms and super worms, but this only leads to a new set of problems (a wax worm addicted beardie that shuns other insects, fatty liver disease, etc.). Overall the diet seems pretty good (I’d consider feeding fruit occasionally rather than daily) and with a tiny protein tweak she could gain a little more happy weight. ☺️
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Re: 16 month old beardie

Postby AHBD » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:11 am

Reptile lady, the O.P's dragon is 16 months, not 9 months. It sounds like she's eating a good amount of veggies as you suggested, which is great and will benefit her in the long run.
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Re: 16 month old beardie

Postby Reptilelady » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:05 am

AHBD wrote:Reptile lady, the O.P's dragon is 16 months, not 9 months. It sounds like she's eating a good amount of veggies as you suggested, which is great and will benefit her in the long run.


LOL whoops my mistake :lol:

Keep doing what your doing and give her better quality feeders like dubias, etc :P
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Re: 16 month old beardie

Postby Jakestaken » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:13 pm

Reptilelady wrote:She does look healthy, active and alert which is good but she does look a bit thin. I would try to give her some dubias, BSFL (Black Soldier Fly Larvae's), mix variety of food is best and nutritious! Rule of thumb is usually given as many as beardie wants in 10 to 15 mins. There pretty good at regulating how much they want. Although, since she is 9 months, you'll want to increase more greens + veggies as well.

This website has great nutrition info:
http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html

Also, do you gut-load your insects? If not, you'll want to just feed the feeders vegetable matter only.


Ok thanks i do gutload, but i cant really afford dubias, cuz at petco theyre 10 dollars for 2 dead ones. Do you know if theres any good places to buy them?
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Re: 16 month old beardie

Postby EllenD » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:21 pm

Oh don't every buy live insects at Petco or Petsmart, you're best to order all your live insects online at a place like www.dubiaroaches.com They have all the live feeders and you buy them in bulk at insanely cheap prices. I buy 1,000 BSFL at a time there for $23!
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