Can packaged beardie pellets be fed daily?

Floofy

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I have a juvenile bearded dragons who is about 4 months old, and I recently discovered that I can’t feed mealworms daily (the person at the pet stores told me to feed mealworms daily before). So I saw the bearded dragon food that came in the set and claims it has all the nutrients needed, I don’t really want to get crickets or roaches so I was wondering if I can feed the beardie food everyday as a main food source, I’ll still feed it mealworms though. I don’t know if the packaged beardie pellets, mealworms, and salad provide enough nutrition for them so I wanted to ask. Thanks!
 

smaugthebeardie3756

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Smaug
More variety is always better in my opinion. Feeding only mealworms is like eating ice cream or candy all the time. I think of those packaged foods as like a meal replacement drink or something. Sure they provide all the essential nutrients, but it's still not really a complete diet and you're likely going to get bored with it if it's your only source of nutrition. Personally I treat pellet and packaged foods like a supplement similar to calcium or multivitamin. I feed either the Repashy Beardie Buffet or Hikari Dragon Delite pellets once a week mixed with his salads.

If you are truly dead set against crickets or roaches as a staple feeder bug, you can try black soldier fly larvae. They are small so not extremely convenient for an adult since they have to eat so many, but they have an almost perfect calcium to phosphorus ratio and don't need to be dusted and are great for growing babies. Silkworms are another good staple feeder, but they can be expensive and difficult to find. In my opinion, roaches are the most cost efficient and readily available staple feeder if you live somewhere that they are legal. They are more nutritious, cleaner and heartier than crickets that tend to die off quickly and carry more parasites. They are easier to find and far less expensive than silkworms. If you can get over the fact that they are "disgusting" roaches, your dragon will be better off for it.
 

Floofy

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More variety is always better in my opinion. Feeding only mealworms is like eating ice cream or candy all the time. I think of those packaged foods as like a meal replacement drink or something. Sure they provide all the essential nutrients, but it's still not really a complete diet and you're likely going to get bored with it if it's your only source of nutrition. Personally I treat pellet and packaged foods like a supplement similar to calcium or multivitamin. I feed either the Repashy Beardie Buffet or Hikari Dragon Delite pellets once a week mixed with his salads.

If you are truly dead set against crickets or roaches as a staple feeder bug, you can try black soldier fly larvae. They are small so not extremely convenient for an adult since they have to eat so many, but they have an almost perfect calcium to phosphorus ratio and don't need to be dusted and are great for growing babies. Silkworms are another good staple feeder, but they can be expensive and difficult to find. In my opinion, roaches are the most cost efficient and readily available staple feeder if you live somewhere that they are legal. They are more nutritious, cleaner and heartier than crickets that tend to die off quickly and carry more parasites. They are easier to find and far less expensive than silkworms. If you can get over the fact that they are "disgusting" roaches, your dragon will be better off for it.
Thank you so much for the information! I will consider getting some dubia roaches, what size is best for a juvenile?
 

Hatchi

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Beardie name(s)
Alfred AKA The UlanBaby
I have a juvenile bearded dragons who is about 4 months old, and I recently discovered that I can’t feed mealworms daily (the person at the pet stores told me to feed mealworms daily before). So I saw the bearded dragon food that came in the set and claims it has all the nutrients needed, I don’t really want to get crickets or roaches so I was wondering if I can feed the beardie food everyday as a main food source, I’ll still feed it mealworms though. I don’t know if the packaged beardie pellets, mealworms, and salad provide enough nutrition for them so I wanted to ask. Thanks!
The beardie pellets can cause GREAT SICKNESS and GREAT HARM your bearded dragon! Do not feed your little guy pellets unless it is an emergency such as, you dont have anything else and your beardie is starving!
 

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