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Ok so Winnie has been pretty steadily eating kale and other greens, worms, and crickets for a while. I’ve tried other greens but kale seems to be the favorite, also likes flukers freeze dried bugs and hates soft worms, really seems to have a texture preference for crunchy stuff. Recently he won’t look at superworms with the same interest and will basically ignore them, occasionally cocking his head and eating them,I can’t get him to eat anything else other than his dry mix and crickets. The weirdest part is he’s avoiding his greens EXCEPT when I take him outside in the backyard, where he will eat any dandelion greens he sees growing and normally he’s pretty impartial to dandelion greens. I’ve been trying to put his food in his path when he’s wandering around but he has ignored my efforts. Does he need a little garden to graze in or something? Has anyone else noticed anything similar? He’s starting to loose weight at this point so I would appreciate any advice
 

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Ok so Winnie has been pretty steadily eating kale and other greens, worms, and crickets for a while. I’ve tried other greens but kale seems to be the favorite, also likes flukers freeze dried bugs and hates soft worms, really seems to have a texture preference for crunchy stuff. Recently he won’t look at superworms with the same interest and will basically ignore them, occasionally cocking his head and eating them,I can’t get him to eat anything else other than his dry mix and crickets. The weirdest part is he’s avoiding his greens EXCEPT when I take him outside in the backyard, where he will eat any dandelion greens he sees growing and normally he’s pretty impartial to dandelion greens. I’ve been trying to put his food in his path when he’s wandering around but he has ignored my efforts. Does he need a little garden to graze in or something? Has anyone else noticed anything similar? He’s starting to loose weight at this point so I would appreciate any advice
Losing weight is not good --- I would look at getting a fecal from her and take it in to the vet and have it tested for parasites-- NO enemas!! This could be a sign of parasites the losing weight- dry mix is yucky -- see if you can find dandelion greens in your store - its great shes eating them outside but you haft to make sure there are no fertilizers on that stuff shes eating -- like a neighbor if they are spraying next door -- you can grow stuff for your dragon -- but you would need to have someone else help you on that issue - so we can ask CooperDragon - also I would try some horn worms for her they are a good hydrating worm -- hmm maybe not since you said she doesnt like soft worms -- supers are about the only worm that has that crunch to it --
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inky

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Ok so Winnie has been pretty steadily eating kale and other greens, worms, and crickets for a while. I’ve tried other greens but kale seems to be the favorite, also likes flukers freeze dried bugs and hates soft worms, really seems to have a texture preference for crunchy stuff. Recently he won’t look at superworms with the same interest and will basically ignore them, occasionally cocking his head and eating them,I can’t get him to eat anything else other than his dry mix and crickets. The weirdest part is he’s avoiding his greens EXCEPT when I take him outside in the backyard, where he will eat any dandelion greens he sees growing and normally he’s pretty impartial to dandelion greens. I’ve been trying to put his food in his path when he’s wandering around but he has ignored my efforts. Does he need a little garden to graze in or something? Has anyone else noticed anything similar? He’s starting to loose weight at this point so I would appreciate any advice
well lets start off with this kale is high in oxogalates or however you spell it that binds with calcium and can cause metabolic bone disease go to go herping on youtube for more information on this next dubia roaches are alot better for your beardie because they dont carry parasites they dont NEED to be gut loaded also they give more calcium to replace kale you can use bok choy collared greens and raw cabbage which isnt as good as the others btw weight loss is very bad search for more help now
 

smaugthebeardie3756

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well lets start off with this kale is high in oxogalates or however you spell it that binds with calcium and can cause metabolic bone disease go to go herping on youtube for more information on this next dubia roaches are alot better for your beardie because they dont carry parasites they dont NEED to be gut loaded also they give more calcium to replace kale you can use bok choy collared greens and raw cabbage which isnt as good as the others btw weight loss is very bad search for more help now
Collards are actually higher in oxalates than kale, but I agree about adding it into the rotation. Sometimes they just get bored of the same thing. The losing wight is a concern though that should prompt a vet visit, and bring a fecal sample collected the day before or day of to be tested for parasites.

As far as the actual feeding, variety will be key. It could be that if kale is the only staple that he is getting too much oxalates. Just like if he was getting only dandelion greens he would be missing out on the nutrients he would get from collards or kale. Variety helps balance any potential negative things while providing a more complete nutritional profile.
 
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