Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

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Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby beardiemom123 » Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:02 am

I feed my beardie 5 superworms a day, but since I have 2 houses, I go to my second house on thurdays and leave my beardie at my first house home alone for 1 day and 1/2. Is he okay not eating for just 1 day? He's about 8 months.
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:22 am

Your dragon needs a staple feeder like dubias crickets or BSFL ---- your basically feeding him candy - super worms are for treats --- your dragon should be getting fresh salads daily--
http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html ignore the kale thing its a good staple feeder -- if you get him some BSFL those are good salad toppers and good lures to the salad bowl DO NOT dust them order large www.symtonbsf.com-- I would compliment the BSFL w/ roaches www.dubiaroaches.com -- order the size no bigger than the space between his eyes length wise-
what are you using for a UVB? NO coils -- they are inadequate and cause all kinds of health issues --- your dragon should be getting calcium D3 5 x per week ONCE per feeding dusted on the insects and vitamins w/ beta carotene 2 x per week ONCE per feeding ---
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby beardiemom123 » Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:31 am

He has a basking light and a night time light, I feed him dusted bugs with calcium d3 once a week, with calcium droplets in his water, he gets fresh calcium dusted salad everyday. I feed him super worms as his previous owner told me that's his diet. He has no health issues, he's completely healthy.
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:37 am

The night time light is a colored bulb? If so get rid of it ASAP-- colored bulbs are harmful to the eyes and will cause long term eye damage and disrupt the sleep -- dragons have a 3rd eye on top of their heads---dragons like it cool and dark to sleep-- what are you using for a UVB? these things I am asking about are imperative to the health of your dragon --- NO coils!!!!!!!!!!!!! D3 to a young dragon once a week is not enough --- unless the dragon is drinking the water and eating his salad a good portion of it hes not getting enough calcium D3 and if he does not have proper UVB he will not be able to absorb / synthesize the calcium--- dragons will hide their illness if they are sick till they NO longer can -- one day he might be fine and the next not walking ----
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby beardiemom123 » Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:51 am

Okay, I'm like really new to beardies. His night light is blue, I asked a beardie dragon owner and she said that if my house gets cold at night, the light is better than a heat mat because it might burn his belly. I have a basking light, it's a circle like kinda wide I don't know the name of it. He eats a lot of salad with powdered calcium and droplets of calcium in his salad. I dont know why he doesn't drink his water much, thought he likes to stand in it. I'm not sure what a coil light is. He seems to have everything he needs, thought I'm not an expert.
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:28 am

His night light is blue, please get rid of it!! ASAP--- you need a UVB --- is your basking light a all in one-- MVB ? please look at the bulb and tell me what it is---- this is SO important!!! Cannot stress this enough --- if he has NO UVB your dragon is getting sicker every day--- and depending on what your using for a basking bulb MVB if that is what it is he may not be getting enough UVB---- the heat in the tank at NIGHT should be between 65-75 NO warmer and no colder --- your stick on will give you ambient temps of the tank - basking temps NEED to be taken w/ a digital probe thermometer and placed on the spot where he sits for basking leave 10 minutes then get the temp --- 8 month old he is a juvenile 95-100 -- the only good advice the previous owner gave you was heat mats are not good -- nor are basking rocks -- sand for substrate and colored bulbs --
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby beardiemom123 » Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:57 am

Okay, I'll list his whole tank set up. He has a basking branch which gives lets him sit about 7 inches away from his basking light. The precious owner gave me a coil bulb, which I removed the first day. His basking light has uvb. He has 3 hides, and a reptihammock. He has a food bowl, and a large water bowl. He has new paper laid down, because it's easier to clean his bowel movements. His basking temperature is 92, and his cool side is at 80. During the night his basking light goes off and the temperature drops down to 70. His humidity is at 60 on his cool side and 70 on his hot side. I'm not ure how to lower the humidity. he has a 65 gallon tank. He has 3-4 bowel movements a week. I let him out about 4-5 hours a day. I got him checked out and they said he seemed healthy. I'm going to take him to a reptile specialist to get him further checked out. I'm trying my best to provide the best home for him, but I'm a still newbie.
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 20, 2021 11:06 am

Take the water bowl out -- please get a digital hygrometer place on the back center wall of the tank - optimal humidity is 30-50% --- next I still need the MVB your using --- its more than likely not putting out enough UVB for him most do not --- is it unobstructed or sitting on the screen ? Brand and bulb please -- look on the bulb its going to tell you the brand and the wattage --- NO Repti Glo they are NO GOOD --- next your going to want to invest in another UVB long tube fixture --- I can help you w/ that -- and your going to want to do this right away--- do they do an X ray to check calcium areas? Basking temps need to be 95-100 ---- NO stick ons for those temps -- night time temp is good --- distance and placement for UVB's is crucial --- basking temps need to be watched so your not cooking your dragon or have the temps too low -- these lights I am always talking about control the over all health and behavior of the dragon
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby beardiemom123 » Sun Jun 20, 2021 11:44 am

his night lamp: exo terra 50 watt night heat lamp

his day lamp: exo terra intense basking spot 120v 60hz 100 watt

he has a timer for his light. His day lamp is on from 6 am to 8pm and his night light is on from 8pm to 6am

he had a exo terra uvb150 bulb but I removed it and replaced it with the night heat lamp

He has a twin double dome light fixture for his lights from exo terra
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:08 pm

this is good you got rid of the coil he had a exo terra uvb150 bulb but I removed it and replaced it with the night heat lamp but this is bad that you went to the colored bulb ---- your dragon has NO UVB you need to get him one ASAP at this point hes developing MBD and other illnesses --- please order this ASAP---- https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/arc ... b-kit.html 24" fixture w/ the 12% bulb---- they are one of the best on the market besides the Zoo Med 24" w / the Reptisun 10.0 T 5 --- you can go look on line for the Zoo Med fixture if you like these people I have sent you to are good and fast and reasonable on shipping --- but your dragon needs this NOW -- in the meantime get him outside for some good UVB rays - place him in a plastic tote NO GLASS--- for 15 minutes in direct sun / partial shade - DO NOT LEAVE him -- supervise him --- you dont want to burn him up-- that sun is going to give him alot of UVB of which he needs NOW -- how are you getting the basking temp?
Get rid of this his night lamp: exo terra 50 watt night heat lamp-- if your tank is 70 at nite you do not need it --- you dont want it above 75 and not below 65
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby beardiemom123 » Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:31 pm

He has uvb150 bulb, can't I just put that on for him? I'm taking him to an animal hospital soon for a general health check.
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:36 pm

That is a coil bulb --- you want the long tube fixture I posted for you -- coils are NO good and will cause all kinds of health issues - he cannot live w/ out UVB and a good one at that--- please order a long tube fixture like I posted for you ---
does it look like this https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostor ... lsrc=aw.ds
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby beardiemom123 » Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:24 pm

yeah, i bought that one uvb bulb for him
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Re: Not feeding beardie for 1 day a week

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jun 21, 2021 4:10 am

Please take it back and get a long tube fixture like I posted --- those are NO good - your dragon is basically getting NO UVB--- you need the long tube fixture for your dragon to be healthy --- do this ASAP ---
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