Do I need a calcium supplement if....?

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Toria88

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Hello all! I hope you're having a wonderful time preparing for Christmas/the holidays. :blob8: I have a question!

I've had my baby, Puff, for about a month now. So far he's doing great. I had been giving him calcium powder, but I'm wondering if I still need it? I have switched to feeding him a staple of mostly phoenix worms. The only other staple he gets (less often that phoenix worms) are crix, and they are gut loaded with a very high calcium formula. He gets proper UVB, and I also give him a multivitamin 3-5 times a week. Is a calcium supplement still necessary with the phoenix worms? Any advice would be great, thanks!!! :mrgreen:
 

daner923

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I'm not entirely sure about the calcium, but I do not believe you need to dust the Phoenix worms. You should cut back on the multivitamin a bit though! You don't want any mineral buildups or aynthing like that. Twice a week is sufficient for the multivitamins. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong though!
 

Drache613

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Hello,

That is correct, you don't need to dust the phoenix worms.
The vitamins only need to be given 1-2 times per week for babies/juveniles & 1 time per week for adults.
How often are phoenix worms eaten? I would still give calcium a few times per week just to be sure he is getting enough calcium. Does he eat any other feeder or greens?

Tracie
 

Toria88

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Really?
daner923":38k41ib1 said:
You should cut back on the multivitamin a bit though! You don't want any mineral buildups or aynthing like that. Twice a week is sufficient for the multivitamins. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong though!

I'm glad you brought that up! I got yelled at, well... Scolded, I would say, by someone on the foum that insisted that multivitamins "MUST be given to babies 5-6 times a week. :shock: I was a little surprised and thought that might be over doing it, but I listened... Sort of! :lol: With me doing more like 3-4 times a week. I'll definitely cut back on the vitamins!

daner923":38k41ib1 said:
I'm not entirely sure about the calcium, but I do not believe you need to dust the Phoenix worms

I also was told not to dust the phoenix worms. it even said that on their official website lol, so I trust their judgement. :p I'm going to buy some extra calcium to dust my other feeders though.

Drache613":38k41ib1 said:
How often are phoenix worms eaten? I would still give calcium a few times per week just to be sure he is getting enough calcium. Does he eat any other feeder or greens?

Phoenix worms are given daily in his AM feeding. For his PM feeding, he almost always gets crix. My crix are gut loaded with 1) A High calcium grain gut-feeding formula 2) A calcium rich jelly as their water source C) The left over greens that Puff does not eat. :) In between the AM and PM feedings, he gets his "salad" lol. :lol: Consisting of either collard greens, mustard greens, or both. I also mix in the Juvenile Bearded Dragon Pellets as a sort of "salad topper lol". Then I spritz them so the greens stay moist and the pellets become soft. Aside from his wonderful salad.... He almost never touches it. :banghead: Although, I continue to offer it ever day in hopes that something will change! "Le sigh" I bought butternut squash to try to feed him, but I have no idea how I would prepare it for a beardie! :study: :shock: Do I cook it? Mash it? Feed it to him in small raw cubes? Shred it raw? Needless to say, I haven't cracked it open yet lol. Any advice? :D
 

daner923

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As far as the squash, you can microwave it briefly to soften it, then offer him very thin slices. Or you could try grating it raw, but it kinda turns into mush that way :lol:. I have found that if you offer your beardie some greens by hand before the feeders in the morning, he may actually eat some. You should leave the salad in there from then until approximately 2 hours before lights off.

I bet someone was trying to tell you to dust with calcium 5-6 times a week and just got confused/made a typo. Best of luck to you and Puff, and happy holidays!
 
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