If you’re a first-time owner, feeding your adult or baby bearded dragon can be somewhat of a perplexing concern.
From figuring out what veggies and insects to feed them, to how often feed a bearded dragon at any age, to understanding how to use vitamins and supplements… let’s all agree that getting started with a bearded dragon definitely requires doing some research!
So, if you’ve found yourself wondering how often to feed a bearded dragon, just keep reading for feel free to use the Table of Contents below for quick and easy navigation to your specific question/concern.
How Often to Feed a Bearded Dragon
To answer the question of how often to feed a bearded dragon, you’re going to need to primarily consider the age of the dragon.
Adult bearded dragons, or those older than 18 months, will need to bed fed just once a day, every day.
Babies on the other hand, should be fed 3 to 5 times a day depending on how young they are exactly.
Under 3 months, feed them as many crickets as they’ll eat in 10 minute increments.
If they’re over 3 months to a year old, feed them as many crickets as they’ll eat in a 10 minute period 3 times a day.
Do Bearded Dragons Need to Eat Every Day?
While bearded dragons don’t absolutely need to eat every day, you should feed them every day.
You don’t want to let feeders or veggies sit around in the cage for longer than 15 to 20 minutes or so during the feeding periods.
If your bearded dragon has to go a day or so without eating because you’re out of town briefly, they should be fine. Just don’t make this a regular occurrence.
What is the Best Thing to Feed a Bearded Dragon?
In terms of protein, there is no better option than Dubia roaches.
Dubias are very easy for dragons to digest, are protein-rich, and tend to be safer than crickets which can carry parasites.
You could also feed them Phoenix worms which are so rich in calcium you won’t even need to dust them every time. However, Phoenix worms can be expensive, so just be prepared.
Crickets are going to be your next best bet after Dubias and Phoenix worms, though they’re definitely not as protein-rich and can be quite dirty if you want to breed them.
Crickets are also going to the most cost-effective and accessible too.
Another feeder that you can feed are mealworms, although they should never be given to a dragon younger than 2 years as their hard chitlin shell is very hard to digest.
Because of this, you won’t want to make mealworms your adult bearded dragon’s staple feeder either, but more of an occasional treat.
In terms of the best vegetables to feed your bearded dragon, you’re going to want to offer dark leafy greens like collard, endive, dandelion,
How Many Dubia Roaches to Feed a Bearded Dragon
For a baby bearded dragon, you can give them 10-20 Dubias three times a day until they’re 4 months old, then you can go down to feedings twice a day.
Once your baby reaches a year, try to transition them down to a feeding just once a day.
For an adult bearded dragon that is 2 years or older, try to give them 10-20 Dubias just one to three times a week, depending on their weight.
Now, naturally, if your bearded dragon is pregnant or underweight, you will want to boost their protein intake.
If your bearded dragon is in fact pregnant, you’ll especially want to up her calcium intake as well since egg-laying will deplete her calcium store.
How Many Crickets to Feed a Baby Bearded Dragon a Day
Now, if you aren’t able to get Dubia roaches for your baby dragon, your next best bet is going to be crickets. A baby 4 months and under should eat between 30 and 60 crickets a day over the course of 3 10 minute feedings.
A baby between the ages of 4 months and a year should eat between 20 and 40 crickets over the course of 2 feedings. Once they’ve reached a year, go down to one feeding a day of 10 to 20 crickets.
In addition to feeding crickets, you’ll also want to dust the feeders with calcium and a multivitamin. Typically, you’ll want to dust a baby bearded dragon’s food with calcium 4-5 times a week, and no more than once a day.
When it comes to a multivitamin, give them 2 to 3 times a week. For healthy adults, dust their food three times a week and offer them a multivitamin once a week.
What Vegetables Can Bearded Dragons Eat?
As your bearded dragon ages, you’ll want to switch them from a protein-heavy diet to one with more veggies.
The vegetables a bearded dragon can eat include…
- collard greens
- mustard greens
- turnip greens
- bell peppers (raw)
- butternut squash
- cucumber (peeled)
- okra (raw)
- spaghetti squash
What Can’t Bearded Dragons Eat?
What bearded dragons can’t eat, is a rather long an extensive list compared to that of what they can eat.
Basically, any food that isn’t an approved feeder (crickets, Dubia Roaches, Mealworms, super worms), an approved vegetable or fruit is not going to work.
Foods like starches, dairy products are an absolute NO go.
Also, do not give your bearded dragon meat of any sort other than the approved feeders.
And speaking of feeder insects, don’t ever give your bearded dragon any insects you’ve caught out of your yard.
You never know what kind of pesticides or chemicals insects outside have come in contact with.
So, just don’t risk it as a toxic outdoor insect could actually kill your beardie.