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Hi guys

Sookie and Bill are enigma hatchlings who had dropped their tails, they are both severley under weight due to this, the tails are growing back but obviously all the fat is going to regen the tail... what's an effective way of fattening the little ones up? Sookie weighs 6g and has eaten 3 locust tonight but wouldn't eat any more... will hand feed her again tomorrow... Bill wont handfeed so i have taken the legs off the locust and they are in the tub with him... i have CCF which i can use... i was going to make a bug soup for them but wasn't sure because they CAN eat, neither of them will touch mini mealies :whistling2:

i thank you all in advance x

p.s i didn't breed these and got them 2 weeks ago after their tails had dropped
 

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Hiya - poor little ones. Personally I would not try force feeding / slurry if they will eat for themselves. I am sure you have the temps correct for them? Locust and roaches are imo the best feeders for them. Make sure they are very well gut loaded (fish food flakes are good, dark green leafy veg etc) and properly dusted of course. Try feeding the Leos little and often if pos. CCF in the water would give them a little more energy and protein so would be worth using. Good luck.
 

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thanks sweetie... by handfeed i just meant holding the locust so they could catch them :) yeah i figured with the bug soup may not be much point... i'm keeping their temps at the higher end of the bracket so 90F ... i dont have any roaches small enough for the lil fellas i don't think (will check the tub tomoz when its feeding time) never heard of gut loading with fish food flakes... got loooads of that... usually gut load with veg,

dusting the food 5 days with pure calcium and 2 days nutrabol but there are the odd days where they wont touch anything so if the locust are stil there the next day i throw them away and put fresh in (i wouldn't wanna eat my dinner if it had been sat there for a day) x
 

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they should be able to eat regular mealworms just leave the dish in with them hand feeding will stress them out so just leave them to it they will soon pull round.:2thumb:
they're too small for regular mealworms... especially bill as he's only 3g x
 

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aww 3 grams poor little tyke i thought i read 6grams
well then i would go for hatchling locust and roaches as jools already advised.also the critical care or avipro in the drinking water. even crix if you use them i hate crix big time but sometimes needs must.
 

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bill is 3g sookie is 6g so one is bigger (don't worry they're housed seperately) whats the best way to use the CCF? x
 

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I would use it in their drinking water. Make it up as said on the tub. That way (as long as they are drinking of course) they will get the CCF without stress. Good luck with them.
 

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I found my leos (various ages) gained weight when I switched to feeding mealies as staple. Someone on here told me is cos they are the pupal stage of something else and so need a lot of energy (i.e.fat) for the metamorphisis. So maybe some mini mealies would bulk them up fast?
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they have them in there but never touch them :( i'm just uploading some pics now x
 

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I would use it in their drinking water. Make it up as said on the tub. That way (as long as they are drinking of course) they will get the CCF without stress. Good luck with them.
thanks sweetie x
 

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Sookie



Bill




as you can see bill's tail isn't growing as fast as Sookies, as far as i know these are siblings... unsure of age/sex
 

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Oh dear, poor babies :(

Try nd kick start/boost their appetite with the CCF and avipro.

If they wont touch the mealies then its poss either cos their appetite is supressed or because they dont like them/dont know what they are.

i wouldn't resort to force feeding yet, but u could put some bug slurry in their tub for them to lick up if they want it. Chuck some mealies nd waxies in it for extra energy/fat.
Also, the vet may be able to give them some extra fluids via an injection.

Poor lil sods.
Good luck with them
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thanks everyone :)

anyone know what sort of enigma they are? or are they too small to tell? x
 

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agreed :) went through twilight names before, now onto true blood x
 

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Poor little mites. Sorry if this sounds a bit basic but have they had faecals done? And I am presuming the temps are ok. Sorry didn't want to sound patronising but sometimes, when all else fails, it pays to double check things :)
 

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poor little things wher did you get them from??
have you checked all temps and stuff.
do you now what the parents were.
got them from a friend who also hadn't bred them.. not sure what the parents were... keeping them at 90F... waiting for my sample pot to arrive for the poop tests x
 
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