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 Post subject: Brumation advice
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:19 pm 
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Balerion has been slowing down and mainly sleeping, though not burying himself anywhere. I read the sticky and have started to reduce temps etc but when I weighed him today before going for the full putting him away for winter he has lost 10g already from not being fussed about food in the past few weeks. He is still 454g but I didn't know whether it's ok to put him away after already losing weight?


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 Post subject: Re: Brumation advice
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:08 am 
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Did he poo after the first weighing? I've had dragons loose 50gm after pooing! At around 16C their metabolism will slow right down and at that point weight loss shouldn't be more than a few grams. I wouldn't worry as he's a reasonable weight currently and letting him slow right down would be better than attempting to maintain a warmer temp. and not having him feed.

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation advice
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:03 pm 
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That's ok then, also, I tried for one last poop, with a bath and a run around but it didn't happen, will he be ok without a final empty before snoozing?!


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 Post subject: Re: Brumation advice
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:02 am 
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Perfectly OK. Discussed this with my vet and he's never had to work on a dragon where there's been a problem with this.

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation advice
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:55 am 
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Thanks for the help, going to miss him while he snoozes! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Brumation advice
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:49 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Brumation advice
PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 11:19 am 
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One last thing, every post mentions keeping Lairy hydrated but he has never shown any interest in water, what should I do during this time and how often should I do it? Thanks. Vicky


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 Post subject: Re: Brumation advice
PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 11:20 pm 
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Nothing - they don't drink and usually get their moisture from the vegetable matter they eat. In brumation they slow down so much that they have no need for food or water. I've never lost a dragon in brumation and I've never provided any hydration during that period.
You been reading American forums?

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation advice
PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 1:36 pm 
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Nope, just this site, your advice in the sticky about brumation says you provide water, as it is not a full hibernation, and others have said they do it too, but now I won't worry! Had visions of having to poke him and syringe squirt water at him when he opened his mouth to hiss at me for disturbing him! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Brumation advice
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Hi - what I was doing at one time was to put a shallow dish of water in the brumation box. However it was never touched so eventually I stopped as all it really did was increase the humidity slightly.

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