Brumation and vitamins/calcium/UVB question

TheBeard9789

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Hey guys I'm sticking to my vets recommendation and giving my beardies a bath a week and feeding on those days. My question is should I be worried about vitamins UVB and calcium deficiency? They are not basking and rarely eat more than 5-10 crickets a week with some mealworms they are in full brumation mode.

I just worry since they are not basking for heat or UVB how can I make sure they get enough while also catering to their brumation? They basically bask to warm up after a bath then when they are warm enough they go back to sleep
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
Hey guys I'm sticking to my vets recommendation and giving my beardies a bath a week and feeding on those days. My question is should I be worried about vitamins UVB and calcium deficiency? They are not basking and rarely eat more than 5-10 crickets a week with some mealworms they are in full brumation mode.

I just worry since they are not basking for heat or UVB how can I make sure they get enough while also catering to their brumation? They basically bask to warm up after a bath then when they are warm enough they go back to sleep
If the dragon is in full brumation I would not be bothering them as often as you are --- they dont need bathing once a week and should only be given water every couple of weeks to keep them hydrated and maybe a weight watch --- they normally dont eat when in full brumation - keeping them hydrated is good tho --- so offering water to them either by dropping on the nose or bathing but I would not be feeding them since they are not basking at this time --- we can have some others on here chime in on this
@AHBD
 

TheBeard9789

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If the dragon is in full brumation I would not be bothering them as often as you are --- they dont need bathing once a week and should only be given water every couple of weeks to keep them hydrated and maybe a weight watch --- they normally dont eat when in full brumation - keeping them hydrated is good tho --- so offering water to them either by dropping on the nose or bathing but I would not be feeding them since they are not basking at this time --- we can have some others on here chime in on this
@AHBD
I was doing it every 2 weeks but he said to do it 1 time a week I mean I do sometimes go 1 1/2 weeks. My Amber who I just bathed wanted 3 tiny mealworms but then refused and decided to bask. She (Amber) was waiting as soon as I looked in her hide she instantly popped out.

Perhaps it's not a full brumation just yet any insight is welcome 😁. Out of my two girls Chubbs will eat 5-10 crickets but mostly less than 5. Amber seems to eat mealworms exclusively but not many as I have said.
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
I was doing it every 2 weeks but he said to do it 1 time a week I mean I do sometimes go 1 1/2 weeks. My Amber who I just bathed wanted 3 tiny mealworms but then refused and decided to bask. She (Amber) was waiting as soon as I looked in her hide she instantly popped out.

Perhaps it's not a full brumation just yet
Ok so either they are being lazy dragons or the semi brumation thing which means they will sleep for a week or two come out bask eat and maybe bask some more then go back to sleep again -- you dont want them eating and not basking at all ---
 

TheBeard9789

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Ok so either they are being lazy dragons or the semi brumation thing which means they will sleep for a week or two come out bask eat and maybe bask some more then go back to sleep again -- you dont want them eating and not basking at all ---
It's semi- brumation my apologies

They generally only come out when I bathe them then they bask warm up and sleep again. The bath is for hydration just to keep up with it though it doesn't always get them to drink
 

Drache613

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Hello,

They can brumate just partially & not really wanting to eat much at all & only sleeping for
part of the time.
So, instead of bathing often, if you do get him out, you can use a plastic dropper to simply
drop water on the end of his nose to get some hydration into him if he needs it.
If his weight is stable I would let him be a little lazy, & he will eventually come out of his phase.

Tracie
 

TheBeard9789

Juvie Member
Original Poster
Hello,

They can brumate just partially & not really wanting to eat much at all & only sleeping for
part of the time.
So, instead of bathing often, if you do get him out, you can use a plastic dropper to simply
drop water on the end of his nose to get some hydration into him if he needs it.
If his weight is stable I would let him be a little lazy, & he will eventually come out of his phase.

Tracie
Normally my Amber gets her hydration from greens which she has no appetite really. My Chubbs only drinks if I bathe her she has done it since I rescued her I normally go 1-2 weeks or so between baths.

They are normally great eaters too but since the colder months arrived I have seen it disappear. Though from my experience once it warms up they will try to pack on whatever weight they have lost 😁

Thanks for the advice and your input
 

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