3 week old beardy stopped eating

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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby Mirandasue » Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:20 am

So after replacing the uvb light, we had quite a few days of good eating! But now yesterday he only ate about 5 bugs total and today has no interest in eating. I did notice he is shedding a little on his tail and face, could this lack of appetite be due to the shedding?
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby Draven88 » Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:12 am

It is entirely possible that shedding has effected appetite. And a day every now and then of less eating isn't necessarily a problem as long as it doesn't last long. You sorted out the UVB already but I would just recheck temps periodically as changes in the ambient room around can effect their temps in the enclosure with changes and it can throw things a little off. Also if the insects aren't moving much you can try making them move more as that does peak interest.
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby Mirandasue » Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:36 pm

Okay thank you! I got him to eat one calcium dusted cricket today at least! The issue with the bugs moving a lot is that they get away from him so quickly and he has no interest hunting them at all!
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:38 pm

Shedding will cause them to be grumpy and off their food but they should eat a little - if he stops eating all together there is a issue- is he eating salads as well ?
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby Mirandasue » Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:40 pm

He had 2 or 3 bites of salad the day before yesterday. Nothing today though. I've tried putting bsfl and dubias in there to make the salad move and nothing for the last 2 days.
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:43 pm

Please post a pic of him
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby Mirandasue » Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:58 pm

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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby Mirandasue » Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:14 pm

You cant even see where he was shedding in these photos. It was just his tail that shed a lot yesterday and his face a tiny tiny bit the last 2 days. Nothing else.
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:31 pm

I wanted to see how bad his shed was I was expecting it to be more --- I know it does throw them off their eating -- and you have correct basking temps of 105-110 taken w/ a digital probe or heat gun and your UVB is a T 5 top of screen? Basking decor directly under it 8-10 inches ????????? Correct?? We need to rule out the lighting and temps
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby Mirandasue » Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:34 pm

Yes I have the T5 outside the tank for uvb basking spot is about 7 inches away. Basking spot temp is taken with a temp gun and it is usually 106 to 109. So there should be no issues anymore with any of that!
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:39 pm

nope that is good --- ok so since that is ruled out we need to see what he does here in the next few days -- as long as hes eating something thats good - are you feeding any other insect besides crickets? And your feeding them small crickets? They will not eat them if they are too big -- well most of them -- sometimes we have people feed them to big then they become impacted -- how about hyrdation ? They wont eat if they are not hydrated either
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby Mirandasue » Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:47 pm

He actually just ate 1 dubia roach. So I alternate between crickets and dubias and bsfl. Yesterday he was all about drinking from droplets I drop on his snout he drank a lot like that. Today not too interested.
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:51 pm

Ok well atleast hes eating not alot -- and drinking too - watch his poops for the urate - if the urate is chalky and dried out looking hes dehydrated - they need to be firm moist and white --- the poop firm moist and formed -- keep an eye on his eating the few days see if it increases--- if he stops all together then we have a problem --- I would get a weight on him -- a kitchen food scale weigh in grams - keep track of it --- if he is losing a lot of weight there is a issue -- what is the substrate in the tank ?
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby Mirandasue » Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:09 pm

I have the repticarpet on the bottom of the tank. And he has a vet appt next Friday for a wellness check and fecal test too
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Re: 3 week old beardy stopped eating

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:24 pm

Ok-- it's possible he could have parasites but he is pretty young for that but it needs to be ruled out and he could be back to eating by then - if he is I recommend taking fecal in only- it's going to really stress him out so vet visit should be last resort
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