Beardie won't eat on her own

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Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby LeeLizard » Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:27 pm

I have a ~6 year old bearded dragon (I've had her for ~6 months) who refuses to eat anything on her own. I mean that no matter what it is I have to assist feed her. Once something is in I can kind of "choo choo train" the rest of her food, but this really isn't sustainable. She has a bad eye, which might account for her not eating bugs, but she won't eat greens on her own either and I'm kinda getting worried now. She apparently ate fine, if sparingly, for her former owners, but not for me. Any advice?
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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:54 pm

Ok 6 months is too long for relocation stress- I could see if it was a couple of weeks-- we need to see her tank lighting - the set up would be good- if she has a bad eye please post pics of that too - go to top of page click on user image uploader- download click on top of message box XIMG click on pic it should post
Tell us what her basking temps are how your taking them? No stick ons they are inaccurate-- no colored bulbs they cause eye damage and disrupt sleep
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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby BeardedDragonSteve » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:14 pm

LeeLizard wrote:I have a ~6 year old bearded dragon (I've had her for ~6 months) who refuses to eat anything on her own. I mean that no matter what it is I have to assist feed her. Once something is in I can kind of "choo choo train" the rest of her food, but this really isn't sustainable. She has a bad eye, which might account for her not eating bugs, but she won't eat greens on her own either and I'm kinda getting worried now. She apparently ate fine, if sparingly, for her former owners, but not for me. Any advice?

Where did you get her from. Did you get her from a friend
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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:12 pm

Likes being handfeed , enjoy it , make a routine and ritual of it and you'll end up with a very tight bond with the dragon.
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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby Drache613 » Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:52 pm

Hello,

Bless her, she sounds very sweet!
If you can post some pictures of your tank setup just so we can be sure it's all correct.
Do you hold the food in your hands then & she eats off of your hand? You could try putting
a worm, etc on your hand, then rest it on the floor to let the bug crawl a little to see if she is
interested in eating that way.

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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby LeeLizard » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:22 pm

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Here are the photos of her enclose and her bad eye. The bad eye photo isn't great because she doesn't open that eye very often. Her enclosure temperatures usually get ~95 degrees, although recently they haven't been exceeding 90, which I need to get fixed. It's a 40 gallon, I don't have a food dish in there right now because she won't eat on her own (obviously) there also is no water dish because the local reptile people told me that due to my area's high humidity that would be too much, so I bathe her 3 times a week. I got her from a friend who was moving away and couldn't keep her so I got a full set up, but they hadn't been taking proper care of her (not replacing UVB, baths once a week) so I had to try and figure it out. They had also only had her for ~1 year. She only eats if I put food in her mouth first, so I have to feed her outside of the enclosure. Once she has food in her mouth she eats it quite enthusiastically (if she likes the food) she gets treats once in a while, but they usually are just a tomato or grape or 2 blueberries. I hope this helps, please respond if you have any suggestions.
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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:29 pm

Need better pics of the eye -- close up of her -- next what are you using for a UVB ? The lighting and basking temps make the difference of the dragon eating -- temps for basking should be 95-110 -- what do her poops look like ? are they runny? they should be formed moist and dark the urate formed moist and white --
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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby LeeLizard » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:41 pm

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This is what I'm using for a UVB bulb, I also have a basking bulb and a ceramic heat emitter. Her poops are usually runny, I thought that was how they were supposed to be until recently and I wondered if that was related to her eating. Do you think that i should talk to the reptile people about buying another heating element for her enclosure? My parents won't heat the house to a nice enough temperature for her.
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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:52 pm

The UVB is no good! Basically she is getting no UVB this is why she is not eating! You need to replace asap w/ this go to this website they have cheapest fixture that I have found so far- http://www.pangeareptiles.com go to fixtures it will be the first one you see its a T 5 fixture/ hood get the 24" $32- next go to T 5 lights get the Reptisun 10.0 T 5--- you need this ASAP- what watt bulb are you using? The temps in the tank at nite are what? If it's below 65 then yes you need it but w/ her not having that UVB keep using it--- how long have you had that coil? She has runny stools- cuz of the UVB-- she cannot absorb her calcium w/ out UVB thus runny poop
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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby LeeLizard » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:04 pm

Ok, thanks for the advice! I'll order it right away. So you have any advice for boosting the heating? I'm probably just going to buy another ceramic heater, but I'll listen to any advice!
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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:19 pm

What is the wattage of the basking bulb? The coil is probably what's causing the eye issue-- they are known for that---- we need to see if we can get temps up w/ out another heat emitter
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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby LeeLizard » Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:06 am

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This is what I use for a basking bulb
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Re: Beardie won't eat on her own

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:10 am

Ok get a 150 watt before you get another CHE ---- make sure you have your probe to get a basking temp - set the probe where she sits for her basking spot let it sit there for 10 minutes take the temp
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