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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:38 pm 
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He's going to be eating better than we do! I've gone and got a piece of Cotswold sandstone, beardie size, so no hitting it with a heavy object required! A scrub in some hot water and washing up liquid tonight followed by 15 minutes in the oven with a very nervous wife looking on!!! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:02 am 
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Cleaned and baked the cotswold sandstone last night and stuck it in the viv and success. Got the temp in the 'hot spot' to around 109F after moving the bulb down about 1/4 inch. Sorted. Collecting the little man after work tonight, so it's all systems go!!! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:05 am 
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Sandstone will hold then radiate the heat very nicely so you may fing that it in fact gets hotter later in the day - if so remember that the dragon's back is around 2 cm above the level of the stone so a good temp at that point is probably slightly more important.

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:43 am 
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I've got a temp probe connected to a digital thermometer hanging about 2-3cm above the basking spot and that was reading 41.8c! I'll try and post some pictures later if he's not to grumpy about being moved and put in a new home!

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:35 pm 
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Sounds really good - I've tried various stones over the years and have found sandstone to be the best all-rounder although it does stain a bit after a while. It's so cheap though that you can just get another bit from a Garden Centre when needed.

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:14 pm 
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Well, he's here. He was really chilled when we first put him in the viv, he was watching us and having a look around. Just now though he's started head bobbing and black beardies and running around looking at us. Is this normal? Is he just exerting his dominance over his new home or is he just stressed after the move? He's also head butting the glass, does this mean he's being aggressive towards us or just wants to come out?

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:17 pm 
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We took him out of his viv for a bit and he sat on my wife's lap and seemed really chilled. He then tried to go over the back of the sofa and the only bit my wife could get hold of was the base of his tail before I picked him up and sat him on the floor. He had a bit of a run around then tried to jump in the the little bin we have in the living room. The only concern is when we put him back in the viv he went staight to his cork bark hut and curled up with his head flat on the floor. The lights are set to go out and he hasn't moved now the lights are out. Do you think we over stressed him or dd he just know it was time to sleep? .


I'm worried we've scared him. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:57 am 
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Stop worrying and just let him settle :lol: He's best left alone for a few days whilst he gets used to the new surrounds, just feed as normal and act as normal around his viv. He'll probably sulk for a few days now and after that come good and then be happy to come out and be handled.

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:07 am 
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He's still in his hut this morning, the lights came on an hour ago. He's awake but looked a bit black beardie when I walked past. I hope he'll start moving around again soon. Like you said he's probably sulking over the move and that I put him back in his viv instead of letting him sit out all night. Fingers crossed that he'll cheer up soon. :D

He's still sitting in his hide even though the lights have been on for 5 hours. He is watching us and has moved inside the hide so he can see us. How long before I should think about removing the hide? I don't want to stress him out more.

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:46 pm 
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Well, he's had a poo so I guess that's a good sign. He's now sitting on his bamboo hut in the middle of the viv with his head up and gaping whilst looking at us.

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
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Keep an eye on how long he spends in his hut as they need as much exposure to the uv as possible, if necessary you may have to block it off so he can't go in it.
Our beardie scratches on the glass to come out, as he refuses to poo in his viv and only does it under the dining table :roll: but when they are little they don't really understand what it is :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:31 pm 
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Hi Kathryn
He's spending more time on his hut than in it. It's near his basking rock but I think he prefers the hut. He's been head bobbing and black bearding today, but we let him out for about an hour earlier and he had a great old time exploring the living room. He got a bit feisty when I tried to pick him up but he's eating, he's had crickets, worms, and some greens today. He's now sitting on his hut again gaping. He's too lazy to move down the cool end to cool down. He's a year old by the way, he's a rehome beardie. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Beardie!
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Sounds like he is settling in nicely :P

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