Insect prey is a vital component of a bearded dragon’s diet. The biggest problem with insect feeders is they do not contain all the nutrients a bearded dragon needs just on their own.
Feeder insects need a boost of vitamins and minerals in order to supply them to your bearded dragon during feedings. Supplying your feeder insects with valuable nutrients is called gut loading.
By gut loading insect feeders for a bearded dragon, you are greatly increasing its nutrient intake of essential vitamins and minerals.
How To Gut Load Feeder Insects
You gut load them by, first, keeping them in a separate container where the floor is covered with tropical fish food, moisten dry puppy food, instant baby food, or moistened commercial lizard pellets.
There are also commercial gut load products available specifically for gut loading feeder insects. Fluker’s High Calcium Cricket Feed and JurassiDiet Cricket Gut Load are two excellent choices for gut loading insects.
As soon as the crickets are introduced into the food-filled container you will noticed them feasting on the morsels.
Place small pieces of raw vegetables, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, as a water source. Orange slices can also be added as a water source and for a boost of vitamin C.
Never placing a water dish in the crickets’ housing because they will climb in and drown, therefore wasting good bearded dragon food (and your money).
Let the feeders divulge on the food for about 48 hours before giving them to your bearded dragon. This will give them plenty of time to become fully packed with all the nutrients your bearded dragon needs.
Feeding gut loaded feeders to baby and sick bearded dragons can make a significant different in the growth and recovery rates of them.
Gut loading is an ideal way to ensure your bearded dragon gets all the vitamins and minerals for a long and healthy life.