How Many Dubia Roaches/Times do I feed my Baby Bearded Dragon a Day?

quantum

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Geo
I recently got 700 Dubia Roaches. I sort of just feed my baby bearded dragon the Dubia Roaches until he doesn't want to eat any more.
But I'm wondering if there's a more consistent way of feeding him instead of just feeding him until he stops eating, so I can more skillfully keep track of how much he eats/is supposed to eat considering he is a baby.
 

Chris.

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Luis and Lilith
How old is he exactly?
My girl is almost three months now and I give her three to four bugs, three times a day.

The bugs should be about the size of the distance between his eyes. Feed more if they are smaller but never feed bigger ones.
 

ChileanTaco

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Feed more if they are smaller but never feed bigger ones.
Absolutely important.

From the first few batches of feeder insects I bought I had a lot of leftovers as many were too large. No problem however as they live for al long time if fed, and after a while my dragon was large enough to eat the bigger ones I saved.
 

xp29

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My new girl will be 4 m.o. the 12th. I give her 15 to 20 (depending on the size of the bugs) twice per day. I also give her 5 or so black soldier fly larvae at the morning feeding, and very small silk and hornworms when I can source them as treats. She has salad available all day every day, I'm lucky in that she will eat it. The morning feeding is calcium dusted every day, 3 times per week I add multivitamins to the calcium. Chris is in Germany and Chilean Taco is in Chile, I'm in the U.S. the guide lines are different in different regions. So you kindda have to play it by ear. Babies need protein to grow though and if you under feed them when they are small, they might not reach their full potential, on the other hand if you over feed and they grow to fast it can potentially cause health issues later in life. So the goal is to feed them enough to support healthy growth without over doing it. Variety is important also, they should be offered multiple types of protein and multiple types of salad. If you stick to just one type of feeder, I pretty much promise you'll have difficulty with feeding as they get older. It's best to introduce them to as many different things as possible while young, an adult beardie can teach a rock to be stubborn.
 

quantum

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Geo
How old is he exactly?
My girl is almost three months now and I give her three to four bugs, three times a day.

The bugs should be about the size of the distance between his eyes. Feed more if they are smaller but never feed bigger ones.
I have no clue how old he is exactly, and I haven't quite yet measured how long he is. I'd give a rough estimate of about two months. Today he ate almost 20+ Dubia Roaches. That's all he's been fed today.
 

ChileanTaco

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Taco
Chris is in Germany and Chilean Taco is in Chile, I'm in the U.S. the guide lines are different in different regions.
To add to this: here there are no guidelines (really, haven't found any resources from here as keeping reptiles is very unusual; I have been lucky to get a reptile at all).

I mostly rely on resources from Germany (as I can read them, I'm from Germany) and the US regarding how I raise/ keep my bearded dragon, modified by what I can buy here (many things are not available here, so e.g. I can only get dubias (sometimes (small!) hissing cockroaches), mealworms and superworms for food, but BSFL, hornworms and such are not available, and I can get exactly one type of the lamp and one type of the tube that are good) plus to some extend "gut feeling"/ "what I think makes sense" (e.g. that I vary the food - which I also have to do, as sometimes I cannot get certain types of insects).

For feeding I also have to adjust to what is my daily schedule, e.g. when working long hours I cannot feed multiple times a day but have to put in all the food early in the morning before I leave. Also that works. (Checked with a camera: He is not wolfing down all the insects in the morning, but eats them a few at a time during the day.)
 

Chris.

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Luis and Lilith
I have no clue how old he is exactly, and I haven't quite yet measured how long he is. I'd give a rough estimate of about two months. Today he ate almost 20+ Dubia Roaches. That's all he's been fed today.
As mentioned, it depend on his size, I'm talking about bugs that are only slightly smaller than her head.
 

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