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Postby tkelly » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:13 pm

Hi..
It is little over year since my beardie is overweight..It is my falt, i get her fat last year, when i tought she will lay more eggs and fed her insect every day. She had 4 clutches and after every one she slim down nicely and i give her as mutch food as she wanted.. Bud she get really fat and did not lay more eggs..
I was like ok, i will feed her less.. Last year she ate only 2 times per week and only 3 bugs per feeding. (3 adult locust or adult dubia, sometime 5 smaller locust).. my plan was give her live bugs 2 times per week, greens 3 times a week and 2 day nothing). Bud she dont eat greens, not on her own.. She will eat green when i slip some to her mouth when she crounging on the bug..she will eat it, but looking at me funny...
So she eats only 6 bugs per week for a year and did not loose any weight..
But even she did not lose any weight she did not give me any problems this year.. no hunger strikes, she poops like a champ.. no dark beard.. and it is so easy to care for her..
She will eat, then drink from seringe, 3 days later she will poop to water in the sink, and reapet..
She even layed eggs this summer, only one clutch, but did not slim down:-(
This year i made her big cage on the balkony when she is on hot days and loves it.. She really has different collor on natural sunlite and look so happy there..
I just dont understand why she is not loosing weight.. only 6 bugs a week..
Should i just stop feeding bugs and offer only greens?? for how long..
Or feed her more bugs ?? Maybe she is not loosing weigt becose she has so little food and her metabolism is slow down??
And i know her terarium has good temps and uvb that i change every 6 monts.. She is healty, just fat..like me...
She is 4 years old, so she has lot of living to do, I dont want her to die prematurly becose of fat...
Any help is welcome..
P.S. sorry for my english, hope someone will understand what i wanted to say...
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Re: overweight

Postby claudiusx » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:11 pm

Dont worry everything was very easy to understand :)

How much does she weigh in grams? Do you have a picture you can post of her?

Are the 6 bugs shes getting a week the locusts?

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Re: overweight

Postby tkelly » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:50 am

Thank you, she is 624g .. my little pigie...
And yea, 6 locust, or adult dubia, or mix.
https://imgur.com/iiBYCgB
https://imgur.com/9uy9UMc
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Re: overweight

Postby Drache613 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:39 am

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Re: overweight

Postby claudiusx » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:47 am

Yeah she definitely looks pretty pudgy in that last pic haha :p

In this case, I'd cut the amount of feeders a week in half and see what her weight does in a week.

What do her salads consist of?

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Re: overweight

Postby tkelly » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:17 am

Dark leaf salads and butternut squash moustly.. simetime i give red pepper, apple, carrot, strawberry...before i get anything i buy from local store a check on google if she can eat..
she can, but wont:-)
As hungry baby she ate anything...
Ok i try it I cut her insect to half.. to only 3 feeders per week.. what is better for her give her all of them in one feeding or by one..like one locust on monday, one dubia on wednesday and on locust on saturday...
And thank you for you time and help
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Re: overweight

Postby claudiusx » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:32 am

I would split them up throughout the week.

What are her activity levels like? Has she been running around the tank and glass surfing at all? Or seeming restless? Or is she pretty calm?

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Re: overweight

Postby tkelly » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:12 am

No she is calm .. she was always clam beardie and never did mutch running around, not in her tank, not outside, not even in her outside cage. When is hot outside, i put her on my sholder take my dog and go for the walk to the forrest..in two hours she is still on my sholder:-) She is awere and look around, but only time she do fast movement is when she is hunting.. glasssurf only when she is about to lay and wants to go her laybox..She is smart, for beardie..she tell me when is time to lay eggs and poops outside her tank on spot where i want her to..
When she was younger i was afraid her temps are not ok and thats why she is soo lazy, but her temps are good , every veterian ( even reptail specialist) told me she is perfectly healty and her poop is fine.. So i think she is just lazy girl..which is fine, iam lazy too
her activity level is.. pick a spot she likes and has good view and be there..if she is cold she bask if not she is in her "hide"..I order large new custom tank for her ( more then 6 feet long) it comes in few monts, ( after summer, she is in her outside cage most of the time anyway - durring summer)but i am afraid she will not use that space and only pick favorid spot and be there:-)
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