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  1. Ryan Konieczka

    Ryan Konieczka Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Is there another alternative to crickets or dubias for a 4 month old beardie, when it comes to protein? I'd like something i can breed in house. I've been doing crickets, but I hate the noise and the jumping. My wife wont go for dubias being in the house (No garage). I've got a small breeding center for mealworms, but I understand that those can be fattening. What's a good feeder I can breed indoors that aren't dubias or crickets?

    Also, I don't mind having a small collection of crickets, but I want something reliable I can breed for the beardie. I looked up silkworms, but I don't know how reliable those guys will be pumping out more worms. I use a file cabinet-looking thing to hold the crickets and mealworms. I'd like something I can keep in there, if possible.
  2. kaylynangel

    kaylynangel Juvenile Dragon

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    The only thing I can think of is Black Soldier Fly Larvea--- or BSFL--also known as nutri grubs but I dont think any one I know breeds them -- they are full of calcium and dont require dusting -- the only thing is they are small and hes going to need to eat like a lot ---- your best bet is dubia roaches here is some info on them --
    Dubias
    · Wide range of sizes
    · Long life span
    · Excellent nutrition
    · Easy to digest
    · High in protein

    Convenient for you
    · Odorless and soundless
    · Will not infest your home
    · Can be stored out of sight
    · Easy to care for
    · Cannot jump, fly or climb

    they are easy to care for and can be kept in a 10 gallon aquarium -- fed carrots apples squash strawberries and of course dubia food --- I was really skeptical about them at first but I like them way better than crickets -- I hated them things plus they dont last --- dubias last for a long time --- plus they are way more healthier than crickets ------------- show this post to your wife and at least try them out --- they can be ordered on line from suppliers --- please dont feed the little one meal worms they are for adult dragons --- meal worms have a hard exo skeleton that babies cant digest ----- try butter worms they are fattening ---horn worms for hydration -- supers very sparingly as they too can be harsh and not used as staple --- here is a website for nutrition
    http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
    your dragon should be offered salad every day ---- check out the website for a variety of greens etc - make sure the bugs your feeding are gutloaded or hydrated as beardies get most of their hydration from the bugs-----------
    kaylyn
  3. Ryan Konieczka

    Ryan Konieczka Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Got a site to suggest purchasing from, if i decide on going for it? I live in the midwest area.
  4. JumpinJellyfish

    JumpinJellyfish Juvenile Dragon

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    Symtonbsf.com is a good source to get the BSFL from. You can get them in bulk, and if you keep them cool they last longer. I've used mini/portable electric coolers for that. You want something not quite refrigerator cold.
  5. Matthew McCarter

    Matthew McCarter Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Your best bet would be to try to educate your wife on the benefits of dubias, use the info Kaylyn posted and remind her that they are nothing like the common north American roach, they cant climb, and even if a pair do happen to get loose they can not naturally reproduce in our climate. They are one of the easiest insects to raise and more nutritious than most other options.