My Beardie isn't eating well

I just got my beardie a few days ago, and he won't eat anything other than worms. We've tried many different veggies, a few fruits, crickets, roaches. I've tried hand feeding him, I've tried putting worms in with the veggies, and he just won't eat and doesn't seem interested in anything else besides worms.

Please if you have any advice I'd greatly appreciate it.
 

Longfellow777

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Beardie name(s)
Frey'ja
whats your setup look like ? uvb, temps, be careful with worms especially super or meal worms they can cause impactions I only feed a few supers a week I dont even mess with meal worms. Where did you get the beardie?
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 5 and Blaze is 3
I just got my beardie a few days ago, and he won't eat anything other than worms. We've tried many different veggies, a few fruits, crickets, roaches. I've tried hand feeding him, I've tried putting worms in with the veggies, and he just won't eat and doesn't seem interested in anything else besides worms.

Please if you have any advice I'd greatly appreciate it.
What exactly are you using for a UVB? Basking temps how are you taking them they should be surface basking temps taken w/ a digital probe thermometer - these things I just asked about are the most important things in the tank
 

Wonderland090

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whats your setup look like ? uvb, temps, be careful with worms especially super or meal worms they can cause impactions I only feed a few supers a week I dont even mess with meal worms. Where did you get the beardie?
I got him from a shelter, his previous owner raised him from a baby. I have uvb, tempratures are good, the humidity is a little low though. Don't know if its important but he does have a slight case of MBD
 

Longfellow777

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Beardie name(s)
Frey'ja
we need to know what kind of uvb. If your uvb is not adequate and placed properly the dragon wont eat and not thrive
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 5 and Blaze is 3
My friend (who keeps beardies) recommended me a UVB bulb. Basking temps are within appropriate ranges
Still need the info on the UVB --- if its a coil they are no good and inadequate for a UVB - long tube fixtures w/ the bulbs have certain distance and placement of those bulbs -- please specify so we can help you better
 

Wonderland090

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Still need the info on the UVB --- if its a coil they are no good and inadequate for a UVB - long tube fixtures w/ the bulbs have certain distance and placement of those bulbs -- please specify so we can help you better
It is a coil. I was trying to find the box it came in. But it was a 100w UVB.
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 5 and Blaze is 3
Brand is Exo Terra - UVB 100 - 26 watt
Ok if you want to stay w/ the coil I dont recommend it but if you do please get the Reptisun 26 watt its a better bulb than your Exo Terra I am not a fan of coils please get the 26 watt unobstructed w/a distance of 6-8 inches directly above the basking decor - if you have the coil on the screen hes getting little to NO UVB hence the cause of not eating --- I can recommend some good UVB fixtures w/ bulbs if you like but your dragon will continue to decline in health w/the bulb your using now ---
The Reptisun 26w version of the UVB150 is similar in output to a T8 tube when using a reflector. The beam isn't as wide (depending on the length of the tube) but the output strength is very similar. If it was sitting about 6-8'' above the main basking area then it was likely providing adequate UVB. It's the lower wattage (13w) versions that cause concern since they aren't strong enough to provide adequate UVB at a safe distance.
 

Longfellow777

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Beardie name(s)
Frey'ja
Karrie is right you need to get a different uvb. the one your using now can also cause issues to the eyes and is more than likely the culprit in the poor appetite id be willing to bet on it the dragon knows its body wont do what is needed with the coil bulb you have
 

Wonderland090

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Karrie is right you need to get a different uvb. the one your using now can also cause issues to the eyes and is more than likely the culprit in the poor appetite id be willing to bet on it the dragon knows its body wont do what is needed with the coil bulb you have
Thank you so much for helping me. Will definitely be looking for a new bulb!
 

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