Switching From Crickets

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Switching From Crickets

Postby BabyBeardie13 » Wed May 15, 2019 7:56 am

Hello I’ve raised my bearded dragon on crickets (since 5 weeks) and raw foods (last 2 months she started to eat) escarole, prickly pear, mustard greens etc. I’d like to switch her over to some other type of live food but wasn’t sure exactly what I should give her. I have to stop crickets because they’re 1” now and have been getting out in my apartment no matter what I do (causing my landlord to have a huge issue with our dragon). She is 6.5 months old, 17.5” and 302g. I prefer something that doesn’t smell or escape easily like a cricket 😅🤦🏼‍♀️
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Re: Switching From Crickets

Postby claudiusx » Wed May 15, 2019 7:58 am

Lots of good feeder options out there for ya!

Hers my top list

Silkworms
Butterworms
Dubias
BSFL
Appropriate sized hornworms

Other options that aren't as good but can still be added for variety sake would be mealworms and appropriately sized superworms.

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Re: Switching From Crickets

Postby BabyBeardie13 » Wed May 15, 2019 8:21 am

claudiusx wrote:Lots of good feeder options out there for ya!

Hers my top list

Silkworms
Butterworms
Dubias
BSFL
Appropriate sized hornworms

Other options that aren't as good but can still be added for variety sake would be mealworms and appropriately sized superworms.

-Brandon


Thank you! Out of those worms which would be okay to buy in bulk and how many do I feed her? I have to order online because stores around here don’t have anything like that unfortunately.
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Re: Switching From Crickets

Postby claudiusx » Wed May 15, 2019 8:33 am

Butterworms can be bought in bulk and stored for quite some time but they are pretty expensive.

Silkworms are hard to come by but you can buy the eggs very easily and hatch them yourself. Then it just takes the time needed to grow them to the size you want.

Dubias you can order in bulk but I'd recommend if you're going to do that that you might as well breed them and start your own colony. Your landlord wont like hearing you have a roach colony but they are easy to keep and dont escape so he will never know if you dont tell him lol.

BSFL can be bought in bulk too and are probably the easiest to buy in bulk and keep. But not all dragons like bsfl so you might want to try a hundred or two first.

Hornworms are more so a treat so you wouldn't want to buy them in bulk, especially since they grow so quickly to enormous sizes.

And of course you can easily get supers and mealworms in bulk online.

I like mulberryfarms for my online insects, but there are lots of good places out there so do some research and pick who you like best.

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