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Bearded Dragons Wont Eat Crickets Anymore

Discussion in 'Bearded Dragons' started by jdandlucy, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    · How long have you owned the animal?
    2 months
    · What is the enclosure size?
    20gal long
    · What type of substrate are you using (shavings, bark, paper towel, etc.)?
    repticarpet
    · What type of lighting are you using and at what distance(s) are they from the animal? (UVB and Basking)
    50 watt out door halogen flood lamp on dimer, zilla linear tube 18" basking distance is 6 inches, uvb is min of 4
    · What are the temperatures within the enclosure and how are they being measured?
    basking spot is 106-112 depending on room temp, ambient temp is 90. IR and acurite digital temp humidity meter
    · What are you feeding (or attempting to feed) the animal?
    greens in the morning and crickets in the evening.
    · What exactly are you concerned about?
    for the last few days my bearded dragons will not eat crickets, they eat their greens no problem, but crickets no chance. i noticed this and went and bought some medium super worms and they ate them as soon as they hit the tank floor. one even took the worm from the tongs( never had that happen before). i can leave 4 crickets in the enclosure all day and night and they will not eat them. any ideas
     
  2. DragonsKeepers

    DragonsKeepers Subscribed User Premium Member

    Variety in diet is healthy. Try using other feeders for a while. Mine go through phases of only liking one thing or refusing another. That's fairly common.
     
  3. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    What size crickets are you feeding?

    My beardies are doing this. Right now they only want roaches which I dont have.
     
  4. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    the crickets are 3/4 - 1 inch
     
  5. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    i would switch to something else but i still have a couple hundred crickets left
     
  6. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    how do you feed the crickets?
     
  7. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    as far as feeding the crickets they get fluckers cricket quinch, the orange cubes , and cricket chow for gut loading.
     
  8. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Ok reword: how do you feed the crickets to the beardies?
     
  9. Zappa230

    Zappa230 Elite Member

    Maybe switch off of crickets for a month.
     
  10. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    lol around 6pm when i get home from work i drop 4 crickets at a time in the tank when all l4 are gone i drop 4 more in. i do this till the bearded dragons have had their fill
     
  11. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    So they are free range crickets? Hmm...ok I am out of ideas now. If you fed them out of a bowl then I would suggest letting the dragons hunt them but if they already hunt them then...tong feed them?
     
  12. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    I will give it a try tonight
     
  13. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    ok no luck with the tong feeding. they back away from the crickets. but the suppers in tongs they snap up
     
  14. DragonsKeepers

    DragonsKeepers Subscribed User Premium Member

    There have been times that I had 1000's of crickets go to waste because of all of my reptiles deciding at the same time they hated crickets. Again, variety is good. I keep roaches, crickets, mealworms, superworms, calciworms, and some other specialty worms on hand (hornworms right now) at all times for picky eaters and good variety.
     
  15. DeadlyDesires

    DeadlyDesires Banned User

    try switching off the crix for a while... a lot of reptiels get bored with one food.. just like humans do.. would you like to eat the same thing over and over and over?? just try other things..they are eating supers, Good , but try something else that has more nutrients for them.. i dont own beardies , they dont really interest me much, but i would try some night crawlers, or some dubia roaches (depending on where you live if you can get them) my sav loves shrimp.. im not sure if beardies can eat them or not though.. if they can get 100% organic with tails and heads still attached if possible.. just switch it up.. they will like the crix eventually.. i pre-paid for 1000 crix at my pet store and now that i dont have my water dragon anymore .. i can't get them because my sav shows NO interest at all in crix.. (they are prob too small) so just try other things.. as long as they are eating i wouldn't be too worried about it im my opinion..
     
  16. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    i am glad they wont go to waste, a a cpl guys from work have beardies and i am going to sell them the crickets at $.05 each
     
  17. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    Have you tried feeding cockroaches? Most lizards not only enjoy a variety in their diet, but it's beneficial to them. My dragon chows anything that moves, but her favorites are cockroaches.
     
  18. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    You know if you don't sell all the crickets try feeding them to your turtle.
     
  19. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    my turtle wont eat them, mealworms and river shrimp only
     

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