Feeding Amount

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Feeding Amount

Postby Deabrua » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:59 am

What is a good amount of crickets for a 15 month old bearded dragon to eat per feeding? I believe she is about 18 inches but I havent measured her in awhile and she weighs 330g.
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Re: Feeding Amount

Postby MrSpectrum » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:24 am

That depends partly on the size of the feeders, whatever they are (crickets, worms, roaches, etc.)
The general rule, regardless of size, is to let them eat as much as they want in 15 minutes, then stop.
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Re: Feeding Amount

Postby Deabrua » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:42 am

The last time she was left unchecked for even 10 minutes she massively overate :?

EDIT: Not literally unchecked, just allowed to eat for 10 minutes. Everything was within safe size (within distance between eyes) so she wasn't impacted... but she became bloated, seemed uncomfortable, and had a rough time passing it all.

EDIT 2: Her appetite at each feeding ranges from not interested after 10 1/2" crickets to no signs of stopping at 60+ 1/2" crickets. I dont remember how many it was when she overate the one time.
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Re: Feeding Amount

Postby kingofnobbys » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:50 am

Drop only one or two crickets in the tank at a time, I'd stop when your dragon has eaten maybe 12 to 16 medium crickets .
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Re: Feeding Amount

Postby Deabrua » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:51 am

Currently the crickets I have seem a little on the smaller side (between 3/8 to 1/2"), I'm guessing medium would be 1/2 to 5/8 or 3/4"?
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Re: Feeding Amount

Postby kingofnobbys » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:53 am

Deabrua wrote:Currently the crickets I have seem a little on the smaller side (between 3/8 to 1/2"), I'm guessing medium would be 1/2 to 5/8 or 3/4"?
Medium 1.25cm
CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
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Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Re: Feeding Amount

Postby Deabrua » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:58 am

kingofnobbys wrote:Medium 1.25cm


Thanks. Can't say I'm not surprised that it's only 12-16 for 1.25cm though. Current crix range from 1.00-1.25cm
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Re: Feeding Amount

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:38 pm

a small quantity of live insects to give enzymes , amino acids, fats, roughage and so it can hunt (at least from a dish)
, and then leave a dish full of salad .
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