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Question Exactly how much should a baby beardie eat?

Sorry for all my bearded dragon posts lately! Dont worry, theyll stop one of these days...


Anyway, I was wondering exactly how much Wink should be eating everyday. I feed him romain lettuce (trying some kale today), meal worms, and crickets.
But when I dont have crickets, all he wants to eat is lettuce because he doesnt like mealies very much. I put his calcium supplement on his lettuce so at least he is still getting his vitamins, but Im worried that he isnt eating enough. I try to get him to eat his meal worms, and sometimes he will eat a couple, but sometimes he wont eat any.
I need to get more crickets (they all escaped somewhere in my room...) and Im really worried about how picky he is being about his food. He even eats dead crickets, but all he does is lick the meal worms. Is it bad if he mostly eats lettuce/other veggies on a few days here and there? Or is there some way to get him to eat more meal worms? I dont want him to go hungry...
And when I buy crickets, how many should I get, and how many should he eat in a day? Is it ok if he eats the dead crickets too?


Thanks for any help! Im trying my best to take good care of him <3
Hopefully Ill get him a UVB bulb tonight too, since its raining and he cant go outside today.



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I am not sure how much he should be eating but you could try some superworms sincethey have less chintion (sp) which is the hard exoskeliton.

They also make bearded dragon food in pellet form but I am not sure how good those are.





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Im pretty sure he can eat dead crickets, I dont know if they do them in your regular pet shop but they sell them in cans over here, they have about 50 in a can. I read your supposed to feed about 2-3 a mealtime, along with about 5 mealies and some lettuce. Dont take anything ive said for granted though, I dont own beardies
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Don't worry about him not liking mealworms as much, he doesn't have to eat them. Try different kinds like silkworms .

As for how much to feed, he's just a baby so offer him as many pinhead crickets as he can eat in 10-15 minutes. If it was me, I'd probably be feeding him twice a day. I would just leave greens in his tank to eat when he wants, just replace them daily.




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Haha, Kayla warned you about the crickets escaping in your other thread
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Thanks!
Bought about 3 dozen crickets today, and put them in and escape proof container! He only ate about 3-4 though... He didnt get sunshine this morning, so thats probably why he doesnt have much of an appetite. Oh, and I finally got him a UVB.
This morning he ate some lettuce and kale too.
And where would you get silkworms? Im going to check with some bait shops, and see what kinds of buggies I can find.



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You can buy silkworms online or in reptile shops. Most pet stores won't have them since silkworms are VERY sensitive to conditions and die really easily but they are a great food for reptiles.





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dont feed lettuce feed dark leafy greens such as collard mustard and turnip.

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The lettuce I feed him is the darkest part of the leaf. Ive heard a few different opinions on lettuce, but everyone Ive talked says its fine.


Oh, and one more question...
How big/old should he be before his diet should be mostly greens? Wink is around 4 months, and he is 6 inches long.


And some good news- my crickets survived the night! Hooray! They love the rabbit food Sasami suggested to give them



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No lettuce is not ok. it is water, no good anything in it.

collard mustard and turnip greens are much much better, young ones normally eat more bugs than greens but the greens are healthy too.

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Jess, do you mean cabbage? You said 'darkest part of the leaf' and lettuce only has 2 coulors, white and light green
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Jess, do you mean cabbage? You said 'darkest part of the leaf' and lettuce only has 2 coulors, white and light green
It could be Romaine lettuce...


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The romain we get is dark colored... Darker than CrWoodysPets pic.
Ther are red leaf lettuces too, and those are dark colored. But the romain we buy has good coloring, and Wink really likes it.
We dont have any collard mustard or turnip greens, but I will look for them at the grocery store.
But about lettuce, Ive read that its a good way to keep them hydrated, and I use the lettuce to give him his calcium because the powder doesnt want to stick to the crickets for some reason. When I talked to the vet and mentioned that I fed Wink romaine lettuce he didnt say not too, so I guess Im kinda confused about the whole lettuce thing. It seems kinda like the lettuce issue with rabbits- some say its fine and some say it kills them.
Ill deffinatly get him more greens though. Too bad dandelion seasons over LOL... I could have just used the leaves from those, because we dont spray with pesticides or anthing (and Id wash them of course).



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Romaine lettuce is fine, it's just iceberg you should avoid.

(Same with rabbits!)




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Ok, thanks Stephanie
Ill try to get him some of the other greens too. Im just feeling really confused on all this diet, calcium, UVB stuff... Its more complicated that I would have ever guessed!



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