Fed Popcorn calci-worms, now hates crickets :(

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Fed Popcorn calci-worms, now hates crickets :(

Postby Aquilist » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:01 am

Hello!
My 2-3 months old beardie (8 inches) suddenly stopped eating crickets!
I've had Popcorn for almost 2 weeks, so I don't know him very well yet, however, when I first got him he ate crickets like a champ for the first 2 days, stopped for another 2 days (due to relocation stress) than ate crickets up until Friday. What was different on Friday? I tried feeding him calci-worms.
And he LOVES them.
He has absolutely no problem downing a bunch of calci-worms, but now when I put a dish on crickets in his tank, he's uninterested. He barely even looks at them.
I've read that calci-worms aren't a valid staple, as they don't contain enough nutrients and you can't gut-load them.
So, how can I get him back interested in crickets?
Thanks!


Also, unrelated but I gave him his first bath a day ago, he was so happy! He's currently shedding for what seems like the fiftieth time, and he thoroughly enjoyed being able to loosen some skin.
He would roll around in the water, and scratch himself like a dog, before jumping out and rubbing himself about the fake grass to get the skin off. I'll give him another bath tonight, seeing as how much he loved it!
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Re: Fed Popcorn calci-worms, now hates crickets :(

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:31 am

So give him the BSFL if that's what he loves.

I have a similarly aged pair of hatchlings I'm rearing now

Caesar goes bananas for crickets and silkworms and loves his salad greens. He hates BSFL.

Cleo loves her BSFL , and tolerates crickets if I handfeed them to her (she's too lazy to chase them) , and she'll eat a silkworm if I handfed it to her. Not seen her eat salad yet.
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Re: Fed Popcorn calci-worms, now hates crickets :(

Postby claudiusx » Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:11 am

Welcome to the world of spoiled beardies lol.

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Re: Fed Popcorn calci-worms, now hates crickets :(

Postby JumpinJellyfish » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:01 am

If you're worried about cost, look at symtonbsf online. They have excellent prices and you can buy larger quantities than the calciworms or Phoenix worms, which are all the same bug. :0)
Never knew I could get so happy about poop, or so comfortable with bugs. :-D
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Re: Fed Popcorn calci-worms, now hates crickets :(

Postby Aquilist » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:41 pm

So, the calci-worms are an alright staple?
The costs will be fine, I can get 250 of them for 10 bucks, but 250 small crickets cost $15. So, guess it's actually cheaper for now!
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Re: Fed Popcorn calci-worms, now hates crickets :(

Postby claudiusx » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:02 pm

Calciworms (bsfl) are a great staple. You dont need to dust them with calcium either.

The difference in cost comes from the fact that usually a dragon will eat significantly more bsfl than they would crickets. So 250 bsfl dont really go as far as 250 crickets. :)

But if their price isnt an issue and your dragon likes them, they are a great feeder!

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Re: Fed Popcorn calci-worms, now hates crickets :(

Postby Aquilist » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:23 pm

claudiusx wrote:Calciworms (bsfl) are a great staple. You dont need to dust them with calcium either.

The difference in cost comes from the fact that usually a dragon will eat significantly more bsfl than they would crickets. So 250 bsfl dont really go as far as 250 crickets. :)

But if their price isnt an issue and your dragon likes them, they are a great feeder!

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Re: Fed Popcorn calci-worms, now hates crickets :(

Postby Cor » Wed May 15, 2019 5:22 pm

JumpinJellyfish wrote:If you're worried about cost, look at symtonbsf online. They have excellent prices and you can buy larger quantities than the calciworms or Phoenix worms, which are all the same bug. :0)

I feel like an a hole now for ordering from rainbow worms, 5 dollars for 100 but 8 dollars shipping!I guess I'm not that far off.
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Re: Fed Popcorn calci-worms, now hates crickets :(

Postby Aquilist » Wed May 15, 2019 10:39 pm

Cor wrote:
JumpinJellyfish wrote:If you're worried about cost, look at symtonbsf online. They have excellent prices and you can buy larger quantities than the calciworms or Phoenix worms, which are all the same bug. :0)

I feel like an a hole now for ordering from rainbow worms, 5 dollars for 100 but 8 dollars shipping!I guess I'm not that far off.

Yeah, with the claci-worms, it's $10 for 150, but $11 shipping! Guess I'll bulk-buy to make the whipping worth-it.
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Re: Fed Popcorn calci-worms, now hates crickets :(

Postby kingofnobbys » Thu May 16, 2019 12:30 am

I've been buying about 100g of large BSFL every month or so for Cleo and Caesar (Cleo is the BSFL junkie) and 500x 1/4 to 1/3 size crickets every 2 or 3 weeks ( Caesar and Fluffy live their crickets ).
I grow my own silkworms (hatch my own eggs).

Way Cleo and Caesar are growing I'll soon be needing to bump up my BSFL order to 100g every two weeks and move to 1000x 1/3 to 2/3 size crickets every few weeks.
Cleo polished off 16 large white BSFL + 2x 1/3 sized crickets for her meal#1 today.
(Around 300 BSLF per week)
Caesar demolished 14 x 1/3 sized crickets for his meal#1 today.
(Around 300 x med crickets per week)

Orders are from Frog Arcade (Victoria) or Livefoods Unlimited (SE QLD) or Biosupplies (Sydney).
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