Not Eating Greens

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Not Eating Greens

Postby MJacksonn » Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:31 pm

I’ve had Jackson for about 8 months now and I’ve dealt with this reoccurring issue for some time. It began around two months ago, she got very picky when it came to greens and eventually stopped eating them all together. I didn’t have an issue with this before, she was very good with eating them and at some point would only eat the greens. I’ve been sneaking in some greens when I feed her treats (fruit, veggies, and feeders) but recently she won’t eat food that aren’t her bugs either (I feed her super worms and until this week, dubias). I have a feeling she’s bagan to associate those treats with the greens but I can’t know for sure. I feed her once a day around 11am-3pm (I’ve been trying different times to see if if it makes a difference) and serve a mix of dandelion and collard greens, I usually add some fruit and veggies on top. I feed her a few bugs everyday. She is 2-3 years of age. If this continues to worsen I plan to take her to a vet appointment. Thank you in advance to anybody reading this! <3
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:25 am

I would lay off the treat bugs - as long as shes a good healthy weight only feed her the salads as normal no treat insects - and feed the dubias 2-3 times per week - see if that will get her to go back to eating the greens again - I dont know if the vet is going to help you on that one- as long as shes active not losing weight pooping and basking shes fine and just being stubborn
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby MJacksonn » Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:36 am

KarrieRee wrote:I would lay off the treat bugs - as long as shes a good healthy weight only feed her the salads as normal no treat insects - and feed the dubias 2-3 times per week - see if that will get her to go back to eating the greens again - I dont know if the vet is going to help you on that one- as long as shes active not losing weight pooping and basking shes fine and just being stubborn
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Thank you for your suggestions Karrie! It’s been a while now since I stopped feeding her treat insects but I unfortunately haven’t seen any improvement from her. She’s begun to stop eating almost entirely besides the occasional carrot she sneaks out of her food bowl and any fruit I decide to feed her since I know she will eat that. She still has zero interest in eating greens. My family and I are becoming increasingly worried and they’re telling me to bring her to the vet. What would you suggest I do? I haven’t gotten the chance to weigh her so I can’t necessarily tell if she’s losing any weight, although she is pooping rather regularly as long as I take her outside to poop. Recently her uvb light also went out so I’m hoping that when I replace it it could slightly help with her eating habits. If push comes to shove and she doesn’t improve I believe going to the vet would probably be best but I’d like to make sure there are other routes I can take before I get to that point.
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:10 pm

You need to get that UVB bulb replaced asap she will stop eating all together if she does not have the rays-- please get a weight on her- kitchen food scale- post a pic of her please- and the tank and lighting- her poop is it real.runny really stinky like bad
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby MJacksonn » Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:30 am

KarrieRee wrote:You need to get that UVB bulb replaced asap she will stop eating all together if she does not have the rays-- please get a weight on her- kitchen food scale- post a pic of her please- and the tank and lighting- her poop is it real.runny really stinky like bad
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I will be getting the UVB bulb very soon. I weighed her and she came out to be 14g, I will post my most recent picture of her and her tank. Her poop is often a bit runny and can be pretty stinky sometimes. Her poop has been orange lately because she solely eats the carrots out of her meals.[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:25 pm

Have you gotten the UVB bulb replaced? And what tube is it the T 8 or the T 5?
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby MJacksonn » Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:12 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Have you gotten the UVB bulb replaced? And what tube is it the T 8 or the T 5?
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I’m currently waiting for the replacement to arrive in the mail. It is a T5
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:14 pm

Ok and the screen on the tank is a fine mesh like a screen door or a wide holed screen? The placement of the UVB depends on this
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby MJacksonn » Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:46 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Ok and the screen on the tank is a fine mesh like a screen door or a wide holed screen? The placement of the UVB depends on this
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I attached a photo, it is a fairly thin mesh but it does open up like a door. I’ve been told that the way I have it now is okay.[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:16 pm

Please take a piece of decor and place it directly under the UVB approx 8-10 inches -- I am not really getting a good look at the screen if you can take another pic of it closer -- the rays need to be able to get thru the screen -- it looks ok but I am going to have someone else take a look for sure
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby MJacksonn » Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:48 am

KarrieRee wrote:Please take a piece of decor and place it directly under the UVB approx 8-10 inches -- I am not really getting a good look at the screen if you can take another pic of it closer -- the rays need to be able to get thru the screen -- it looks ok but I am going to have someone else take a look for sure
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I do have decor under the lamp in the range you suggested. I will take a closer photo, when I had a working bulb the rays shorn through the mesh just fine.[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:22 pm

Make sure that decor is 8-10 inches under the UVB
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby EHerb » Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:56 am

Hi , so just jumping on this post because we are having the same problems our little one is not eating his salad and I’m worried he’s not getting hydrated
We’ve layed off the bugs for 2-3 nights to see if he eats the spas but he really just nibbles he’s only 3 months old so I don’t want to lay off the bugs forever it seems a vicious cycle of eating 2-3 bugs then not eating salad for days not feeding bugs just has a tiny nibble - how long should I stop the bugs for ?
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Re: Not Eating Greens

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:05 am

Please get some BSFL and add to the tops of your salads--- they are great salad toppers and a great staple feeder for a baby -- add them first thing to the salad in the morning feed as many as you want -- they are also called nutri grubs calci worms or phoenix worms --- do not dust them -- he still needs insects every day -- that is the main diet --- do not hold off on the insects -- get some dubia roaches and some small super worms -- feed the BSFL order large and 1-3 small super worms on his salads add them in front of him -- let him eat for like an hr then add the roaches or if your using crickets disable them take a leg off or two -- roaches are easier to use --- dust the roaches -- you will need a dish like this https://www.amazon.com/MACGOAL-Reptile- ... cx_mr_hp_d
www.dubiaroaches.com --
do you still have Jackson?
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