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    How many woodies is healthy?

    Hey there, my son's 9 month old beardie has gone from eating next to nothing as a baby to eating non-stop if we'd let him - we had some issues in the first few months of him trying to brumate and so eating very little, as a result he's smaller than he would've been at his current age. We are feeding him woodies twice a day, and he can easily knock back 20-30 small ones in a sitting, and would likely eat a lot more. I'm assuming you can overfeed a beardie? Part of me is loving the fact he's now really interested in food, and is hopefully playing catch up in the size department, but at the same time, I don't want to cause him any problems with overeating/digestion etc. He eats his salad every day too.

    Any advice appreciated!

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    As you say on the one hand it's good he is eating but you don't want to go overboard with the feed. If he eats too much he could develop fatty liver which you don't want. There is no definite number that is right.
    He might be hungry because the bugs are too small.Can he eat bigger woodies ? remember the size is regulated by the gap between the eyes.
    If possible I would up the size and reduce the feeds to once a day. I feed my dragons veg in the morning and bugs in the arvo.
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    Yeah, I've just moved him up to the next size, will reduce to a feed a day as you suggest and see how he goes - thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    As you say on the one hand it's good he is eating but you don't want to go overboard with the feed. If he eats too much he could develop fatty liver which you don't want. There is no definite number that is right.
    He might be hungry because the bugs are too small.Can he eat bigger woodies ? remember the size is regulated by the gap between the eyes.
    If possible I would up the size and reduce the feeds to once a day. I feed my dragons veg in the morning and bugs in the arvo.
    And what size dragon is the biggest? Assuming I feed it more than usual, how much weight can it grow to at most?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokitren View Post
    And what size dragon is the biggest? Assuming I feed it more than usual, how much weight can it grow to at most?
    Obviously I can't weigh her now because she is brumating, but if I remember correctly my female is nearly 700 grams which is pretty big. When she was young she would eat a whole tub of adult crickets every day. I don't recommend trying to over feed just to make them bigger as this is asking for health problems, but this girl was big from day 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    Obviously I can't weigh her now because she is brumating, but if I remember correctly my female is nearly 700 grams which is pretty big. When she was young she would eat a whole tub of adult crickets every day. I don't recommend trying to over feed just to make them bigger as this is asking for health problems, but this girl was big from day 1.
    Yes, I understand that a certain body size is genetically determined. And if she eats a lot, she will be very fat.
    But if you let her eat a lot, will she ever get full on her own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokitren View Post
    Yes, I understand that a certain body size is genetically determined. And if she eats a lot, she will be very fat.
    But if you let her eat a lot, will she ever get full on her own?
    Some animals are just pigs and will eat everything in sight but most will stop when they have had enough . I have had several dragons who didn't eat as much as their siblings so they grew slower and ended up smaller
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