Is it time for a diet?

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Is it time for a diet?

Postby MSMorgan » Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:52 pm

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I have been tracking Lannan's weight and length since bringing him home in August of 2019. Now, at 11 months of age, he has grown exponentially and eats everything in sight. As of today, he is 20 1/2 inches long and 500 grams in weight. At this point, I am wondering if now is the time for an "adult diet?" Daily, I feed greens and veggies with a mix of dubias, crickets, and a variety of worms. Wondering if I should cut back the bugs to X3 per week now, or in a month at his first hatch day? Any input appreciated.

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Re: Is it time for a diet?

Postby Drache613 » Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:50 pm

Hello,

Lannan looks great, he is a big boy!
You could consider decreasing his insect protein now at his age. Does he eat his greens &
veggies regularly? For maintenance, you can give 30-40 insects weekly or up to 50 so you
don't starve him. He has good fat stores so I don't think his weight will decrease any. He
will continue to fill out well into his second year also.

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Re: Is it time for a diet?

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Re: Is it time for a diet?

Postby MSMorgan » Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:33 pm

Drache613 wrote:Hello,

Lannan looks great, he is a big boy!
You could consider decreasing his insect protein now at his age. Does he eat his greens &
veggies regularly? For maintenance, you can give 30-40 insects weekly or up to 50 so you
don't starve him. He has good fat stores so I don't think his weight will decrease any. He
will continue to fill out well into his second year also.

Tracie


Tracie,

Thank you for your quick response. Yes, he eats a bit of his greens and veggies daily. I try to offer different veggies (squash, asparagus, green beans, carrot, etc.) throughout the week with either turnip, mustard, cilantro or collards. He eats some, but mostly picks through the bowl to find what he wants, which is usually the carrot. Go figure, who ever heard of a picky, spoiled BD. :lol:
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Re: Is it time for a diet?

Postby AHBD » Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:37 pm

I agree, he looks good. :) You can add kale to his diet as well, many beardies enjoy it as a staple green.
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Re: Is it time for a diet?

Postby MSMorgan » Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:45 pm

AHBD wrote:I agree, he looks good. :) You can add kale to his diet as well, many beardies enjoy it as a staple green.


Yes, thank you. I forgot to add kale to the greens list. I try to mix it up as much as possible, as different greens supply different vitamins and minerals. I just wish I had the variety. Right now it's difficult to find much variety with COVID protocol and procedures still in effect.
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