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How often does shedding happen? How long does it take? We haven't seen a shed yet, our BD is 13 wks now.
 

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shedding is directly related to growth [until a point]
the quicker they grow the more frequently they will shed.
At your beardies age if you keep him well fed, well excersised and generally happy Your beardie could, like ours at a young age shed every 2 weeks, each lasting around 3 days from start to finish, maybe alittle more.
when young it should pretty much seem like they are at some stage of a shed just as often as they are not [inc the couple days leading up to a shed, looking a little dull and possibly off thier food and moody]
 

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Like said above, it depends on how much he's eating. Mine shed every 1 1/2 weeks, he's diet was pretty good, and he was a BIG eater :lol: How much is your dragon eating?
 

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Had our little one just over a week now - I don't think hes eating enough? Only about 6-8 crickets (tops) a day. Not eating any greens at all! He has days when he seems hungry and actually puts some effort in to chase the more lively crickets. Pooing well though, they do quite large poos for creatures their size! He is about 6 inches at the mo.
 

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Take a look under "Care sheets" and read the last care sheet given on bearded dragons, and see if your doign everythign correctly... have you gotten a fecal done yet? this should always be done once you have purchased your beardie. How old is he exactly?
 

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Had our little one just over a week now - I don't think hes eating enough? Only about 6-8 crickets (tops) a day. Not eating any greens at all! He has days when he seems hungry and actually puts some effort in to chase the more lively crickets. Pooing well though, they do quite large poos for creatures their size! He is about 6 inches at the mo.
just to mention... if he is not eating much cos he cant catch much you should slow the crickets down... beardies arent the huge hunters many other lizards are as im sure you know.
 

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13 weeks. Did slow the crickets down this morning by putting them in the fridge for a while, served them up on a bed of greens, but they had warmed up and run off by the time he was interested.

No haven't had a fecel done? Do I get this done at the vets?
 

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Just read care sheet - I have read lots of care sheets before we bought our new friend. Reading your care sheet though - sin no. 1 - we did buy our BD from a store where they were on sand. We did buy the biggest, and he looked bright, alert and lively.

We bought the complete viv set up from the guy in the shop who kindly put it together for us and set it up ready for plug in. The set up did come with calci-sand. Having read lots of your articles and posted a topic on this problem myself. We are awaiting delivery of some Zoo Med Cage Carpet which hopefully should be here Monday. I'm putting the crickets in the fridge and dusting them with Nutrobal every other day. Offering fresh greens every morning and am misting once a day. Haven't yet given the little guy a bath though, as I wasn't sure when to start and I wanted him to settle in his new home. How many crickets should he be eating a day?
 

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that may be a problem :? he may be impacted... this could be the problem for really eating nothing. Get a fecal done,a nd give him bathes daily...
 

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i bath mine twice a week, but he likes to swim so i do it whenever we are both bored, just splash the water and he will do the rest himself.

buy some calypso to dust the crickets every day...
 

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yeh bath him everyday if you think he is impacted, even running around the living room helps the bowels moving.

calypso is the calcium supplement, i assumed he was using???
 

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I thought impaction meant he would poo - and he is pooing everyday. He is eating but not as much as I thought he should - but obviously being new to this I don't know what normal is. He is eating about 8 brown crix a day.

Gave him a bath today and took him into the garden for a bit of sunshine.
 

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hhmmm im confused...i thought brown crix shouldnt be put in a fridge? black crix slow down and take a while to get back up to full speed if put in a fridge tho, if this helps. Really hope you get ur lil man sorted and yea fecals get done at ur vets. :)
 

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no impaction means it cant poo because its blocked up, due to substrate or too larger crickets.

how old is the BD by the way?

i was feeding my guy 12 crickets a day then all of a sudden he started to eat 25 a day :shock: i had to buy bulk bags just to keep enough crickets in...
 

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hi, just a hint, put the crix in a bag [sandwich/freezer bag] get the beardie interested in them by showing him, he should try and attack the bag, then go put them in the FREEZER for 2 minutes, then show him the bagagain and tip them out in front of him.
 

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Doesnt slowing your crickets down make your beardies lazy? Ive put the geckos crickets in the freezer on some occasiions but my beardies have to hunt if they want feeding.
 

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well, in my opinion and from what i had read b4 keeping beardies, its beardies who arent the huge hunters and can do with them slowed, i mean they eat from a bowl whereas many reps wont, being omnivorous is part of it i think, whereas with geckos you should leave them to it, beardies like to be hand fed, not sayin u should what i really mean is they dont need or want to run there arses around after food.

Ofcourse if ur beardies catch the food unslowed then no need, but escapees are a bitch and well... beardies are a bit wussy arent they...
in the above mentioned case the beardie is having probs catchin the crix.
 

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No, it will not make them lazy. If you give bathes everyday, then the'll get their exercise in, and if you take them outside everyday (like you should), they'll also get exercise, and there's many other things they get exercise from that you won't even think about...



Only newly owned bearded dragons, and extremely aggresive bearded dragons should be hand fed...
 

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why would you hand feed an extremely aggressive bearded dragon?
 
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