Broly the new super saiyan beardie

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Re: Broly the new super saiyan beardie

Postby BlueDragon09 » Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:58 am

Hey,

I been out of the loop.

We have a few more weeks of summer. Our dragons are plowing through salads, bugs with occasional fruit. We learned kale isn't as bad as once believed it was. The dragons get it once a week mixed with other staple foods.

Broly has more body parts in shed: lips, chin, most of his back, chest, stomach up past his vent and parts of his tail. We have to watch to end of his tail, because of an injury years ago there's one scale near the end that no matter how many sheds it gets stuck on that area and builds a small band of skin. This requires lots of baths or aloe vera. That scale is inward instead of outward like others. He still has his feet all yellow still not ready to shed off.

Everyone else is fine. My stomach hurts like hell so goodnight!
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Re: Broly the new super saiyan beardie

Postby SHBailey » Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:18 pm

Hi...

Labor day is effectively the end of summer here in Alaska, even though that's not what the calendar says. Things are cooling off and the first frost is expected later this week.

Yes, I understand that a little kale is ok for beardies as long as people don't make a staple out of it. I guess the same thing goes for spinach. Once a week as part of a mix sounds ideal.

That's frustrating when you have to worry about a band of skin constricting a tail or a toe, but keeping it moist so it doesn't harden is supposed to help. Hadn't heard of using aloe vera but our vet told us that oil is not a good idea. Some other people on this website were recommending that and we tried it, but we stopped after the vet told us no go.

Puff was shedding on his lips and chin but most of it came off in his bath yesterday. He still has that patch on his tail that has been there like forever, but fortunately it's not all the way around, so no worries.

I hope your stomach feels better.
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Re: Broly the new super saiyan beardie

Postby BlueDragon09 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:05 pm

Hey,

So Broly has a black beard over a shed. He was ok before the shed. It's an on and off black beard, sure it indicates unwell, I don't think he is. He doesn't sleep like that and it's less than 3 hours long. He has most his shed done. Back, vent, one eyelid, one nostril done. His snout is now coming up to shed and still working on lips, part of chest and I think stomach...or it shed off can't remember. Other nostril still plugged and I listened to his breathing (monthly thing I do) all seems well there. Stools are a bit runny no bad smell it may be the salad still a bit wet for two days now. I dried the squash a bit more and the grape LOL though that will probably counteract what Im trying to do. It's a new week he gets fruit once a week. No matter if it's apple, mango or kiwi only one piece of fruit. The rest of the week it's salads and bugs. Broly still has his sides, foot shedding and part of chest into armpit. He should feel at least 60% better because most of the sheds are done. Half his tail hasn't come off yet but the end is mostly done. Im thinking he's just grumpy because he is still somewhat shedding. He did stop the "I want to bite you!" mode so that's already a step in the right direction. Such a drama king.

Update: his beard isn't as dark as it was or it bounces between dark and light dark. I assure everyone reading he's not sick. He had already been checked with fecals and blood before brumation if he does in fact go down. He can definitely sleep off winter if he would like to he is 5 years old and getting older. Older dragons tend to want brumation more than 1-2 yr olds even though any age after 1 yr or as young as 11 months old go into brumation.
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Re: Broly the new super saiyan beardie

Postby SHBailey » Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:45 pm

Hi...
Yeah, black beards can be scary but it sounds like Broly's ok since you've ruled out everything else that could be causing it except the shed, especially since he's shedding all over the place. I'm lucky that Puff doesn't get grumpy when he sheds, but he only sheds in little bits and pieces lately -- I guess that happens when they get older too. Right now he's working on a little patch on top of his head, including one eyebrow, and one or both nostrils. It looks like it's going to come off any day now, but he doesn't seem to care.

Older dragons being more likely to brumate may be what's going on with Puff and his napping so much of the time. He's eating less and napping more lately, but so far not losing a whole lot of weight. We plan to keep getting him up for a bath and as much of a meal as he wants to eat every day, and we've agreed to call the vet if his weight drops to around 450 grams (he's just over 500 now), although there probably isn't much of anything they can do about it. They are also still in Covid lockdown and doing curbside drop off and pick up for pets, so I hate to send him in there if I don't get to be with him.

My husband is out picking apples. We have two trees and we get deluged with more than we can eat, especially when they all get ripe at the same time and you have to harvest them before the first hard frost. Light frost makes them sweeter, but if you leave them on the tree this time of year you can lose your crop if the weather doesn't cooperate. He takes them to work and they scarf them up, even with just the skeleton crew.

I think about you every time I see the stuff on the news about the fires in Oregon. Are you doing ok with any of them near you and have you got enough decent air to breathe? I hope it's ok where you are.

Puff ate just a little squash for lunch today, but so far he's still basking and hasn't gone back in his hide yet. Happy weekend... :)
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Re: Broly the new super saiyan beardie

Postby BlueDragon09 » Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:50 pm

Hey,

Football returned and so far Eagles aren't looking too well. Packers are still going strong from last season. Eagles didn't lose to Bengals no...they tied with them. So no team got the winning point.

Broly's still mighty hungry and back to trying to bite us. Im thinking three meals a day of salad for him till he calms down. He had a few dubias and a silkworm. I gave him squash for dinner with a bit of arugula and a few bellpepper mixed in. He wolfed it all down any item I gave him. Bowl was cleaned out! Nobody picks him up just from the time he wakes till bed he eyes you like a hawk and tries to bite...well unless you're cleaning his stool then he doesn't bother trying to bite. Still a bit of shed on his tail, haven't checked his foot. Either irritated with the bit of shed or he's really hungry. He had this before where he was technically starving (when he was fed anyway) and he was just fine later. We're waiting this out before we pick him up again. His weight is up 6g 576g so he's not losing weight and stool been checked, body examined for pain anywhere. No black beard tho yet he's trying to attack us unless he's tired which is around 7-8pm. Pain is negative no reaction from him. Stool is low count of parasites so it's not them and not pain. We should probably do a ct scan. No black beard so no distress. Maybe he finds this funny...Idk. My reaction to him trying is to pull my hand away before he gets close. Have you felt a bite?! Those hurt!

Brighter side is everyone else is sweet and letting us pick them up. We'll update on Broly if anything comes up because Idk what else there is if the ct shows nothing. Maybe just a savage eater or something. Or he really loves food. He goes out of his way to bite just because he's hungry? Hmm Idk.

Fires are no issue the one closest to us is contained. We have apples too from a tree my parents gave us. Anyway...other than that we're pretty safe. It was hard to breathe on Sep 8th man...it was crazy the sky was blood red to orange. The skies are blue again well kinda grey we're getting rain and winds now.
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Re: Broly the new super saiyan beardie

Postby SHBailey » Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:25 pm

Hi...
I'm glad to hear you're not suffering too much from the fires, and getting some rain -- wind wouldn't be good without the rain. We're getting soaked around here too, but that's normal for this time of year. We didn't have a bad fire season this last summer -- nothing compared to last year.

Some of our apples are still on the tree but we're taking chances with the possibility of an unexpected hard frost. So far nighttime temperatures have been in the low 40s and that just makes them sweeter. Way more than we can use for ourselves -- my husband cooked some of the smaller ones and he will probably take the rest of them to work. I'm not up to processing apples anymore but I'm hoping to make pancakes out of some of the ones he cut up and cooked, and freeze the rest. We've been having them with our breakfast cereal too.

I can't imagine them doing football with the Covid thing going on. No audience except on TV, and I hope the teams don't catch it. I haven't checked on the stats yet this year. Maybe we can hope for a vaccine by Super Bowl time or maybe not. We'll see. I'm getting tired of being scared of my husband bringing it home since he's still going to work and doing the grocery shopping, but his office is still shut down to the public and still taking precautions, so I probably shouldn't worry so much. I'm completely isolated myself but I'm used to it.

It sounds like something pretty mysterious is going on with Broly. :? I hope you can figure it out if he doesn't settle down on his own. At least all your other critters seem to be doing well. :)

Puff has bitten me once or twice but not hard -- didn't even break the skin. I was feeding him Repashy Grub Pie, which he goes nuts for. I cut it into little wormy shapes and he got my fingers mixed up with the "worms". Almost exactly the opposite of Broly these days -- Sleeping a lot and not eating much, and tolerates baths and cuddles. His weight has dropped a little recently but not below 500 grams yet, so we're not too worried so far. We're still not going to let him brumate if we can possibly avoid it. :roll:
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Re: Broly the new super saiyan beardie

Postby BlueDragon09 » Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:39 am

Hey,

So he's only doing the biting thing when he's hungry. He doesn't actually try to attack hands. He literally thinks we're holding food. I pour veggies/greens/fruit in front of him so he knows. Sheds are done except for his fingers. He'll still bite at everything if he's hungry enough. We already done xrays and ct scan nothing going on in the inside. My only thought process now is he's probably gearing up for brumation and he's getting all the food he can get before falling asleep. He's 576g last we checked so he could technically go to sleep. Nothing else is wrong and no black beard since the full on shedding.

It's raining and cold so summer has come to an end. We're keeping the house warm with our pellet stove. We're back to rain and wind storms for the next 7-8 months. It only stops in summer. Fun. We put a tarp over the bunny hutch so no water damage and mold. It's going to clear up soon and we have one last time of 70s temps then it's over.

Im not afraid of covid, I say whatever happens, happens. Im in no position to say whatever about it. My parents are the ones freaked out...more like my dad. So we're good. Tom works with a mask on all 8 hours a day. Paul (Tom's cousin) too and to be honest, vet school isn't letting anyone with their pet unless they have to put it to sleep.

My parents lost their 11 yr old cat to kidney failure so they put her to sleep last Monday. She was a sweetheart and it was hard not seeing her when I came over. She was on the mantel with Serenity who also passed away recently.

I guess that's all for now.
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Re: Broly the new super saiyan beardie

Postby SHBailey » Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:47 am

Hi...

Glad to here that nothing seems to be wrong with Broly and that you've figured out that he's only biting when he's hungry.

I really think that Puff is trying to brumate too. He's still eating very little and sleeping a lot. Daddy tried to tempt him with some hornworms this weekend and he sat there and stared at them and then pooped in his feeding bin when I went to check on him, so I had to rescue the hornworms before they got poop on them, and put them back in their container. I'm afraid they may get too big and we may have to freeze them before he eats them -- don't need them to hatch out into a tomato moth or whatever it is they turn into. Not to mention that I may get attached to them -- they're so soft and pretty. I hadn't handled hornworms for a while. Daddy is the one who feeds Puff nowadays. He'll eat a little Repashy grub pie occasionally too. Hornworms and grub pie are his favorites when he has any appetite at all.

It's definitely fall around here too, although we had the Alaskan version of "Indian summer" this year, with daytime temperatures in the 50s and nighttime temps in the 40s. It's finally getting down to freezing at night now, and we were lucky to get all the apples off the trees just in time. My husband is still trying to keep his squash plant alive with a mini-greenhouse that he built out of leftover materials and one of Puff's extra heat lamps, but I don't thing it's going to last much longer. I'm surprised that it even grew and actually got far along enough to flower since he planted it in July. I keep telling him not to expect any squash this year. Maybe next year.

Our vet's office is still on covid lockdown, passing pets through car windows and not letting any humans inside, but we still got the notice that Puff is due for his annual exam. I called them to say we'll postpone it for now, but it seems that every time I try to do that something comes up with him and I have to take him in anyway. We've decided not to unless he starts losing a lot of weight, since there's nothing we can really do for him anyway if he does. My husband and I both feel strongly that force feeding is not an option, but so far so good. I know that when they keep themselves cooler they drop their metabolism so they don't burn so many calories and they can sleep and maintain their weight for a while.

My husband is going to be late tonight because he and a friend are going to go pick up a door and frame that's going to replace our old one on Wednesday afternoon, probably just before the snow flies. We've been trying to find someone to do it all summer without success, so hopefully this guy and his partner will be able to do a good job. Someone apparently tried to break into our house this last new year's and our door has been a little bent out of shape ever since, although fortunately it still locks. Makes me afraid to stay here alone -- we have a growing problem with crime in this neighborhood.

Anyway, it will probably be too late for Puff to get his bath and attempted meal tonight and maybe or maybe not on Wednesday, so if he goes in his hide we'll just let him sleep till tomorrow. He'll get weighed on Saturday so we'll see if it makes much difference.

Sorry to hear that your family lost their cats, but it sounds like at least one of them lived to a fairly respectable age. I'm sure they were well taken care of and had good lives, so I hope you will have nice memories of them.

That's about it for happenings around here too, and enough of a TLDR :wink:
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Re: Broly the new super saiyan beardie

Postby BlueDragon09 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:12 am

Hey,

I hate waiting till Friday. What I wanted is sold out ugh! Oh well hope it comes back. I really wanted it...only had today to get through and it was gonna be ordered Fri night. Probably still woulda been too late. It seems everyone is buying it too.

Tonight is Eagles vs Giants. My team isn't doing well as a reminder. They got one tie with Bengals, scores look like this 1-3-1 yeah that's freaking great scoring. We lost more than we won. It's not our year.

We ran into issues with our aloe plant. Brown/yellow tips...indicates under/overwatering impossible! Im doing it by the book. Pests no, bad soil no... it's getting as much indirect sun (so websites say) as it can get. I check on it and the other plants often so I would know if something is up.

It dropped to about 35f here. Officially winter nevermind fall. Lucky no rain or we would have gotten snow. My plants are gonna be confused again. It's supposed to warm up a bit then drop back to the 30-40s.

Two dragons down one to go. Broly has stopped being a hungry monster. He no longer eats a lot as he was or going after people's hands. He just stopped. He's now slowing down and maybe sleep he still wakes up to greet us. Jamie and Kane are down. My suspicion was correct he was extra hungry to pack on weight (588g) for winter slow down. I'd say brumation but we know Broly hasn't done an official brumation since we had him. He might officially go this time. I don't blame him it's extra cold and it's weird for this time of year.

Tom was late this evening as he had to examine a hamster for a family that has a 10 year old son. He loves that hamster according to Tom. Apparently the teeth got too long and advised the family to get chew toys or his teeth will keep getting this issue. Tom is in bed asleep now as it's 2am. Im just holding Rain our new hamster and she's bonded so well she's like a rat. I can hold her and she won't run off or I can draw and she'll just watch and chew her toy. The cats ignore her she doesn't move enough for them. Cats are so not interested in her I don't trust them obviously and no Im not a kid who thinks they'll be friends because no of course not. Anyway..

Hope y'all have a great week...we're probably gonna be beardieless soon. As in, all of them asleep.
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