How to hydrate?

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How to hydrate?

Postby ChrisKim1010047 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:59 pm

Hello, my beardie's about 9-10 months old and I noticed he's been getting a little wrinkly. I know this is a sign that they're not as hydrated as they should be but I just want to know what I can do to hydrate him as much as I can. I mist him about 4-5 times a week, I try to gove him water through a syringe (which he only drinks sometimes).
I leave a bowl of kale and I spray it with water before I put it in his tank, and I leave a water bowl in there as well. People have told me to let him drink from the bath (I bathe him about 2-3 times a week) but I bathe him in the sink and I don't want him drinking all the chemicals in the water. It also worries me because he occasionally has hard urates. I just wanna know what I can do to help him out. Thank you!
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Re: How to hydrate?

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:17 pm

They will drink when they are thirsty--- wrinkly skin doesnt necessarily mean hes dyhadrated--- I would give him a varied diet--- add different greens like turnip or mustard or collard greens --- are you feeding any insects---? Unless hes running thru his poop and smelling you dont need to bath him as often --- once a week would be good - since its brumation time I have been giving mine a bath once a week since hes eating has slowed down and I dont want him dehydrated as well -here is a website for nutrition http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
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Re: How to hydrate?

Postby ChrisKim1010047 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:45 pm

He is currently eating kale, dubias, mealies, phoenixs, and occasional waxworms. I've tried to mix collards with his kale, but he's only favored the kale. Ill try to mix in some other greens as well. Thank you!
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Re: How to hydrate?

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:48 pm

Sounds good
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Re: How to hydrate?

Postby Claudiusx » Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:07 pm

Hi there,

Wrinkly skin, like stated, is not a viable method of knowing hydration levels. The only real way you have asuu home is to watch the urates. If they are semi soft and white, typically hydration is fine.

If they are hard and chalky or discolored, that could be a sign that extra hydration is needed.

How do his look?

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Re: How to hydrate?

Postby ChrisKim1010047 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:38 pm

Hey Brandon, his urates have been very white, no discoloration, it's not yellow or any other color. But they are hard. Not chalk like, but take a bit of pressure to break up with a Qtip. I usually look through his poops with a Qtip to make sure he's digesting everything.
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