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  1. devioustearex

    devioustearex Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hello!

    I am new to keeping a bearded dragon (or to be keeping) and I am trying to understand how to be able to feed her daily. I understand her diet is to now be 80% greens and 20% protein. I also understand to always add calcium to the veggies and to the bugs (if not already enriched) and twice a week feed a vitamin mix.

    I am confused on how often I should give crickets or dubia roaches to a 3 year old beardie. I also and concerned on how to keep the live food each week (or is it a buy daily task?)

    Thank you,

    devious
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    kaylynangel Bearded Dragon Veteran 1,000+ Post Club

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    Live insects should be fed 2-3 times per week --- dusted w/ calcium D3 unless you have a UVB that is a bulb that has D3 provided --- those are the Arcadia bulbs and very good - if so you can dust w/ out calcium D3 -- vitamins can be provided 2 x per week also dusting on the bugs -- alternate your dusting -
    here is a list of websites for insects I recommend dubia roaches they are the healthiest and last longer than crickets -they dont chirp and they dont stink like crickets ---
    Get a 10 gallon aquarium or tote and you can order dubias and other worms off of these sites
    www.dubiaroaches.com - this place is good and fast they carry horn worms which are a hydrating worm and they grow really fast so order small amounts - butter worms - super worms and meal worms - they all can be addicting so feed sparingly - 1-3 -- your 10 gallon aquarium will hold like 200 roaches at a time feed them dubia food or stuff your dragon eats and carrots for hydration - they like squash ---
    www.mulberryfarms.com -- they have good silk worms and they are a good staple feeder as well - if you order alot make sure you order chow to feed them -- they are currently out of silk worms
    www.reptilianarts.com-- another good place for silk worms and are currently out
    www.abdragons.com they are spendy on shipping have not ordered from them
    If you have any more questions please ask
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    devioustearex Bearded Dragon Egg

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    okay thank you! Should I keep veggies in her tank 24/7 or feed her once daily the veggies?
    I was also concerned because her owner says she doesn’t like to bask, I assumed this was because something wasn’t right with the lighting. Once I get her tank I will take the temperature, however if a beardie isn’t basking what is most likely the reason? Too hot?
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    kaylynangel Bearded Dragon Veteran 1,000+ Post Club

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    It could be a number of things could be it is too hot but I would need more information on what they are using for lighting ---- if they are using a coil UVB those are NO NO's --- lighting and basking temps are the 2 most important thing in that tank -- that controls their behavior and over all health of the dragon if its not right your gonna have a sick dragon
    Vegies should be offered every morning - a fresh salad here is a website for nutrition
    http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html

    Let me know what you have for lighting -- I need brand and bulb of the UVB is it a coil or tube and if a tube where in the tank is it on top of screen or insid the tank --- also basking temps what are they and how are they being taken -- NO Stick ons they are totally inaccurate for basking temps - you need a digital probe thermometer from petco or petsmart for $5 -- and I would recommend a infrared heat gun from your local home improvement store for $10-12 ---
    How old is the dragon ? Is it lethargic or is it brumating? We need to rule all this stuff out to figure why the dragon is not basking
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    devioustearex Bearded Dragon Egg

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    I asked the lady I am getting her from what the bulb is she is using. I plan on going to get her Sunday or Monday. When I get her I will switch her lighting immediately and use a temperature probe and heat gun. She has been eating fine and apparently loves to explore outside the tank so I am going to assume she is not lethargic.
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    kaylynangel Bearded Dragon Veteran 1,000+ Post Club

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    Its hard to say w / out knowing the lighting and basking temps etc