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First Meals for New Beardie

Postby ComicBookMama » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:57 am

Hi - I'll be bringing home my first beardie today or tomorrow, and I was wondering what sort of first meal I should prepare. It's a juvie, not a baby, and looks to be about 8-9" long including tail. More insects, or more salad - or both?

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Re: First Meals for New Beardie

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:19 am

He is still young - let him eat as many insect in 10-15 minutes as he can dusted w/ calcium d3 - and then offer him a salad as well -- collards mustard greens and turnip greens - all 3 mixed if you have it or just one -- some zucchini or yellow squash if you have that as well -- you can wash the greens before serving to give them moisture for hydration
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Re: First Meals for New Beardie

Postby MrSpectrum » Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:07 am

ComicBookMama wrote:I'll be bringing home my first beardie today or tomorrow, and I was wondering what sort of first meal I should prepare.


Smoked Hog Jowl with Pickles & Chutney,
Pappardelle with Sea Urchin and Cauliflower,
Baby black-eyed peas in Beaujolais Sauce,
and Baked Alaska for Desert. :D

But seriously, what Karrie said sounds fine. I hear dandelion greens are really good for them too, but get them from your grocer/supermarket--not the back yard. (pesticides, parasites, etc.)
Check out the link in the Beardie Nutrition thread. :wink:
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Re: First Meals for New Beardie

Postby ComicBookMama » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:26 am

KarrieRee wrote:He is still young - let him eat as many insect in 10-15 minutes as he can dusted w/ calcium d3 - and then offer him a salad as well -- collards mustard greens and turnip greens - all 3 mixed if you have it or just one -- some zucchini or yellow squash if you have that as well -- you can wash the greens before serving to give them moisture for hydration


Thank you- I’ll stop off at the grocery store before picking him up!

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Re: First Meals for New Beardie

Postby ComicBookMama » Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:01 am

MrSpectrum wrote:
Smoked Hog Jowl with Pickles & Chutney,
Pappardelle with Sea Urchin and Cauliflower,
Baby black-eyed peas in Beaujolais Sauce,
and Baked Alaska for Desert. :D


Hahahahaha! That would be living the high life!
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Re: First Meals for New Beardie

Postby Claudiusx » Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:00 pm

ComicBookMama wrote:
MrSpectrum wrote:
Smoked Hog Jowl with Pickles & Chutney,
Pappardelle with Sea Urchin and Cauliflower,
Baby black-eyed peas in Beaujolais Sauce,
and Baked Alaska for Desert. :D


Hahahahaha! That would be living the high life!


One way or another, they always force their slaves into giving them the high life... just you wait and see... :laughing6:

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Re: First Meals for New Beardie

Postby MrSpectrum » Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:30 pm

claudiusx wrote:One way or another, they always force their slaves into giving them the high life... just you wait and see... :laughing6:


I just got this weird visual of a bunch of beardies wearing aprons & chef's hats, slaving over a hot stove on some gourmet cooking show... :lol:
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Re: First Meals for New Beardie

Postby Claudiusx » Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:32 pm

Close, but you're the one in the chef hat and they are the ones watching YOU cook for THEM! Haha. :mrgreen:

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Re: First Meals for New Beardie

Postby MrSpectrum » Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:54 pm

Oh, I got that. It's just the way my mind works--a constant stream of visuals, clips, & quotes from old movies & TV shows (child of the '50s & '60s)--like the main character in HBOs Dream On ('90-'96). :lol:
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Re: First Meals for New Beardie

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:47 pm

ComicBookMama wrote:Hi - I'll be bringing home my first beardie today or tomorrow, and I was wondering what sort of first meal I should prepare. It's a juvie, not a baby, and looks to be about 8-9" long including tail. More insects, or more salad - or both?

~Chris


Treat it as a hatchling, at 8 - 9 inches long it's less than 3-4 months old.
I'd get
LARGE white very wriggly BSFL
silkworms ( about 1.5" long )
crickets ( 1/3 size ) or similar sized roaches or locusts.

2 feeds per day of live insects ( ie morning and afternoon ( at least 2 hour before lights out ). 3 insect feeds per day if you can manage it.
Offer fresh salad ( In the afternoon ) may not show any interest ( don't fret if it ignores the greens , left over greens go to the crickets to gut load them ).
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Re: First Meals for New Beardie

Postby ComicBookMama » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:30 am

kingofnobbys wrote:
ComicBookMama wrote:Treat it as a hatchling, at 8 - 9 inches long it's less than 3-4 months old.
I'd get
LARGE white very wriggly BSFL
silkworms ( about 1.5" long )
crickets ( 1/3 size ) or similar sized roaches or locusts.

2 feeds per day of live insects ( ie morning and afternoon ( at least 2 hour before lights out ). 3 insect feeds per day if you can manage it.
Offer fresh salad ( In the afternoon ) may not show any interest ( don't fret if it ignores the greens , left over greens go to the crickets to gut load them ).


Thanks for the input - I will make sure I have plenty of insects on hand!
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Re: First Meals for New Beardie

Postby MrSpectrum » Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:43 pm

ComicBookMama wrote:Thanks for the input - I will make sure I have plenty of insects on hand!

That was another interesting part of the reptile show we attended--lots of fresh feeder insects I never saw at local pet supplies--and at much more reasonable prices. It may take a little scheduling/guesswork with amounts and how long they'll survive, but until you can figure out what s/he'll eat and an ordering schedule (or breeding colony) it may be a short-term solution. I'll have to do the same fairly soon. :wink:
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