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Old 15-03-2013, 11:46 PM
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Hey guys.

I have a bit of a dilemma with Bernard my bearded dragon. I'm trying to get him into a routine to fit around my long hours but its tough going. If I put crickets in when he gets up, they're all still there hiding under rocks and his log in the evening and he's starving. This morning I put 10 locusts in with him knowing he loves them, will actively hunt them and they're a bit dappy. But when I got home and tried him on crickets, he wasn't interested and put himself to bed before his light went off.

Can he be fed soley on locusts? He can catch them and they don't bite if he doesn't get to them straight away. They are gut loaded both before they go in and they eat his uneaten veg when they're in his viv. (He doesn't eat veg either!!) Hes still a juvenile (6-7 months old).

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Old 15-03-2013, 11:54 PM
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Try to offer him even more variety, mealworms, cockroaches, butter worms, silk worms and calciworms can all be offered (and most left in the viv all day).

If it's too difficult for them to catch, they seem to go off them.

Otherwise keep doing what you're doing - chuck locusts in before work, then after you're back offer him some other bugs (even if he turns them down)
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Old 15-03-2013, 11:57 PM
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He has mealies too but they also do a runner and hide under his bowls! Lol! He has waxworms but doesn't seem to want them very often. And they definitely do a runner. I've already lost one in there lol. Waiting for it to emerge again as a bug! :p
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Old 16-03-2013, 12:12 AM
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Mealies and creepy crawlies can be kept in the veg bowl - might encourage him to eat some veg too!
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Old 16-03-2013, 12:41 AM
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Tried that lol. They just get out again! Is it worth getting a mealworm feeding bowl? One of those high sided ones?
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Old 16-03-2013, 10:23 AM
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Update: this morning he's still refusing crickets but will quite happily have his locusts. Not sure what to do!
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Old 16-03-2013, 10:44 AM
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I had the same with my pair, they are the same age as yours but couldn't be bothered to eat the small crickets. I now feed with medium size crix as they aren't as lively and find it harder to hide. I could put 20 in my viv and they will scoff the lot. Waxworms are good, calciworms I will try for the first time today.
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Old 16-03-2013, 12:10 PM
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Try hand feeding him some veg and a bit of fruit. Offer plenty of variety and you'll find some things that it likes. Also you could hand feed crickets, but locust are fine.
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Old 16-03-2013, 12:23 PM
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I have re-stocked with standard crix, much better and easier for them to catch.
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Old 17-03-2013, 11:00 AM
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Can they live on locusts alone? He's now completely refusing crickets and everything else I'm offering. Fussy git!!
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