Baby Bearded Dragon SLOW GROWTH/INACTIVE

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Baby Bearded Dragon SLOW GROWTH/INACTIVE

Postby jdishon95 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:26 pm

Hello,

I currently have many bearded dragons. Upwards of 12 adults, and 7 juvenile/babies. None of my babies are struggling accept for one.

Week after week I weigh, bathe, and clean their enclosures and monitor their progress and growth in charts in Excel. This baby is not growing, very inactive, and doesn't have an appetite at all. I have tried Emeraid/Flukers Reptaboost and nothing.

Enclosure set up:
Basking spot 110-115
T5HO Reptisun 10.0
ambient: Cool Side 80
Hot Side 95
Diet: Mustard/Collard Greens (untouched bc baby lol)
The occasional Hornworm
Dubia Roaches as Staple insect

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to speed this baby up, I don't want her to be a dwarf.
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Re: Baby Bearded Dragon SLOW GROWTH/INACTIVE

Postby claudiusx » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:27 pm

Is this the same setup as the other dragons? Is the runt in a tank with the others or does he/she have view of the others?

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Re: Baby Bearded Dragon SLOW GROWTH/INACTIVE

Postby jdishon95 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:30 pm

@Brandon,

No, the baby can't see others. It is housed alone. The dragons are in stack able enclosures along the same wall so they have no ability to view each other.
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Re: Baby Bearded Dragon SLOW GROWTH/INACTIVE

Postby claudiusx » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:39 pm

Ok,

Sometimes there really are just runts in the clutch. If everything is the same as the other babies it's the only variable.

Pardo if these are very general suggestions that you might have tried already but I'll just throw them out there.
Have you tried some other feeders with her just to see if she is more interested in another bug?

How often are you trying to feed? I find sometimes that I can boost appetites tremendously with youngins by only offering live feeders once a day. They seem to go into more of a "want" to eat when they know if doesnt come as often. They still end up eating as many bugs as they would have with 2 or 3 feedings sometimes. But it's a trick you can try temporarily if she seems healthy enough.

Another thing that seems to help occasionally is sprinkling the food with bee pollen. I haven't tried this personally but others have stated it helps.

I suppose at this point you might want to look into getting a fecal done just to rule out parasites. If shes been stressed or sickly it's possible parasite counts have gotten too high and now is putting a strain on the body.

And lastly, you might consider an ADV test. Hopefully its negative as if its positive your whole colony would be infected too.

Anyways, those are all the suggestions I can come up with for now. But like I said, sometimes there really are just runts in the clutches.

Hope the little girl gets healthy for you.

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Re: Baby Bearded Dragon SLOW GROWTH/INACTIVE

Postby kingofnobbys » Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:18 pm

Some are genetically going to be slow growers even if you handfeed them every meal and house them in their own private tank and they never see or encounter another dragon.

So long as there is a consistant increase in body mass , I'd not worry . I'd be religiously weighing the dragons at the same time (before their first meal for the day) , once per week and keeping a graph of how they are each growing.
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