New beardie with questions!

xp29

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Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
Personally I'm not opposed to bigger habitats for small dragons, but a few thought. 1 it will be harder to pick up a flighty dragon they have more room to run from you.
2 as the dragon grows to it, it's habitat will start to feel smaller and may cause stress and glass surfing
3 if you do go straight into a 48x24 provide multiple hiding places and be ultra carefull with temps young dragons need higher temls then adults and i a habitat that large it may not spend its time basking on the warm side. Just pay close attention.
For a baby i would recommend feeding in a small tote or sometime similar. Don't put in to many at a time, i have found that to confuse young dragons. Just replenish as it eats for 15-20 minutes. Try pin head crickets. Dragons are movement triggered eaters. Fiesty food usally = fiesty dragons. Dobt for get to dust at least 3 days per week (once per day) should offer food 2-3 times per day. For greens the staples are collard,mustard,and turnip greens. Litle to no spinach or kale. None citrus fruit as snacks occasionally. Babies eat little to no salad but offer it every day. They need to learn early or you will struggle with it when they are older
 

smaugthebeardie3756

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Beardie name(s)
Smaug
Personally I'm not opposed to bigger habitats for small dragons, but a few thought. 1 it will be harder to pick up a flighty dragon they have more room to run from you.
2 as the dragon grows to it, it's habitat will start to feel smaller and may cause stress and glass surfing
3 if you do go straight into a 48x24 provide multiple hiding places and be ultra carefull with temps young dragons need higher temls then adults and i a habitat that large it may not spend its time basking on the warm side. Just pay close attention.
For a baby i would recommend feeding in a small tote or sometime similar. Don't put in to many at a time, i have found that to confuse young dragons. Just replenish as it eats for 15-20 minutes. Try pin head crickets. Dragons are movement triggered eaters. Fiesty food usally = fiesty dragons. Dobt for get to dust at least 3 days per week (once per day) should offer food 2-3 times per day. For greens the staples are collard,mustard,and turnip greens. Litle to no spinach or kale. None citrus fruit as snacks occasionally. Babies eat little to no salad but offer it every day. They need to learn early or you will struggle with it when they are older
I would say kale is a fine staple feeder and switch that to chard. Kale is actually much lower in oxalates than previously thought and in fact are lower than mustard or collard greens. Spinach and chard are very high in oxalates which bind with the calcium and make it unavailable for the dragon to absorb. Beet greens also fall in that category.
 

Longfellow777

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Beardie name(s)
Frey'ja
I agree with Smaug would feed kale way before I feed spinach there’s recent studies that show that Kale is actually a good staple in oxalates are not as high as thought. We feed our baby kale few times a week along with mustard greens,turnip greens, and collard greens.
 
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