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Old 26-10-2010, 11:16 PM
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Hi guys, I'm just after a little advice from some of you more experienced Leo keepers. My female Leo has started to refuse to eat dusted live food, either crix or mealies. I've offered hoppers but I've just had to take them out because after 3 days she still hasn't touched them. Although I offered her a couple of undusted crix which she ate. There is always a calci dish available for her but I have never seen her use it in the 4mth that I've had her. Any tips or advice is welcome. Thanks in advance
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Old 26-10-2010, 11:50 PM
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What calcium are you using? Have you got calcium with and without added D3?

How many times a week are you offering dusted meals?
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how old is the calcuim ??
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Old 27-10-2010, 10:24 AM
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What calcium are you using? Have you got calcium with and without added D3?

How many times a week are you offering dusted meals?
At the moment I only have calcium without d3. But I'm off to the rep shop later to replenish supplies.

She always has dusted mealies available, but the crix are fed every other day. I work to 2 feeds calcium, 1 feed vits.

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how old is the calcuim ??
I've only had this tub of calcium since June, I bought it at the donny show.
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How old is she and is she a decent weight? If she is an adult and healthy then she may just be slowing down on the food for the winter. She may not really want or need to feed much ATM but is "tempted" by the un-dusted food which must taste nicer. Keep offering dusted food - don't give her un-dusted. Keep an eye on her weight. As long as she stays a good weight and isn't losing then don't worry too much about her IMO.
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You just have to be strong and hold out, it seems cruel and it drove me mad doing it to my lizards but you gotta be cruel to be kind! One of my lizards got picky over food after i made the mistake of giving him wax worms as a treat and so i just had to wait him out, it took 4 days and when i offered him a hopper (normal food of choice) after 4days of holding out he caved in and ate 3 lol! No more pickiness as he knows it just results in no noms!
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You just have to be strong and hold out, it seems cruel and it drove me mad doing it to my lizards but you gotta be cruel to be kind! One of my lizards got picky over food after i made the mistake of giving him wax worms as a treat and so i just had to wait him out, it took 4 days and when i offered him a hopper (normal food of choice) after 4days of holding out he caved in and ate 3 lol! No more pickiness as he knows it just results in no noms!
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You could also try changing brands. Have you ever tasted the stuff? It's disgusting.
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You could also try changing brands. Have you ever tasted the stuff? It's disgusting.
lol only once (by accident I might add ) and yep it's disgusting
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Sorry for the late reply, I've been out all day.

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How old is she and is she a decent weight? If she is an adult and healthy then she may just be slowing down on the food for the winter. She may not really want or need to feed much ATM but is "tempted" by the un-dusted food which must taste nicer. Keep offering dusted food - don't give her un-dusted. Keep an eye on her weight. As long as she stays a good weight and isn't losing then don't worry too much about her IMO.
She is apparently 14mth old, she only weighed 35g when I brought her home but she now weighs in at 49g, but she is so much smaller than my 6mth old male, he's 63g I've been and bought some more nutrobal, so I will keep persevering with the dusted food, but I'm hoping its just the winter cool down

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You just have to be strong and hold out, it seems cruel and it drove me mad doing it to my lizards but you gotta be cruel to be kind! One of my lizards got picky over food after i made the mistake of giving him wax worms as a treat and so i just had to wait him out, it took 4 days and when i offered him a hopper (normal food of choice) after 4days of holding out he caved in and ate 3 lol! No more pickiness as he knows it just results in no noms!
All the rest are little pigs and will eat whatever you put in front of them, so it worries me when one of them wont eat, but I'll stick with it.


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lol only once (by accident I might add ) and yep it's disgusting
I'll take your word for it and give it a miss thanks
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