While having your dinner with your bearded dragon, you are devouring and savoring your chicken in every bite, and when you glance at your pet, you see him heartily enjoying his usual favorite snack.
Suddenly, a question crosses your mind!
Can bearded dragons eat chicken? Is it healthy for them?
Well, here is news for your taste!
Yes, they can eat chicken, but on rare occasions only.
Bearded dragons are omnivorous, so they don’t feed on chicken on other meat. So, a tiny nibble won’t do any harm to your cutie little pet.
Chicken is not a part of their diet, and we don’t recommend any reptile owners to feed it to their pets.
We urge you to keep reading this good read to know why you should not serve chicken your beardie.
Is chicken safe for bearded dragons?
Sometimes, you may want to reward your beardie with delicious food or things that you eat. You might think about offering him some chicken as a treat. But instead of doing good for your pet, you are doing more harm.
Chicken is full of proteins for humans, but that does not mean it is beneficial for your small pets. Raw chicken is harmful to your beardie due to the salmonella risk. If you ask any bearded dragon owner, they will always recommend you to avoid feeding them chicken regularly.
Now, a question might appear in your mind that how often can I give my bearded dragon chicken?
These cuties have a smaller digestive system compared to ours, so they will find chicken and other meats very difficult to digest. They won’t die if you give them a tiny piece of chicken, but it is not the right food to feed your bearded dragon.
Giving them regularly, will make them sick, and you don’t want that, right? Chicken has high levels of phosphorus and fat in it which can block the calcium absorption in your bearded dragon. The situation can become more serious for beardies and cause metabolic bone disease and much more.
So it is your duty as a parent to feed them what is good for their health. Now, you must be wondering, what meat can bearded dragons eat? We have covered your question in the next topic.
So keep scrolling!
Daily diet for bearded dragons
Every reptile owner wants to keep their pet happy and healthy. If you are a new beardie parent and want to know what your pet will like the most, then read this section carefully.
Bearded dragons love to eat to dubia roaches and other live feeders. It contains plenty of proteins, which is completely safe for your pets. They can eat meat in the form of insects. If you have some bugs or worms in your garden and want to impress your pets, then get ready to catch them and feed them live food.
Bearded Dragons can eat insects like Crickets, Waxworms, Kingworms, Cockroaches, Butterworms, Phoenix worms, Earthworms, Locusts, as well as Silkworms. Apart from that, they also love Mealworms. But before purchasing it from the store, you should know a few things about this snack.
Mealworms must not be fed to baby beardies or juvenile dragons due to its hard outer skin. Additionally, you can also feed Superworms (larger version of mealworms) to your adult bearded dragon. If you wish to treat your cute pet with fruits and flowers, then you can offer them dandelion flower, hibiscus flower, strawberries, apple, carrot, and healthy dark greens vegetables.
How Much Chicken Can You Offer Your Beardie?
Avoid feeding a large amount of chicken pieces to your beardie. If you really must, then we suggest you give them in very small amounts.
The benefits of feeding chicken to bearded dragons are not known, so if you want to be on the safer side, then you can feed them once in a while in three to four months.
As previously mentioned, we are strictly against feeding chicken regularly due to fat and phosphorus. Chicken’s calcium phosphorous ratio is around 1:16.7, which is harmful to your pet. That is horrible! It’s not worth the risk too?
If you run out of food or live feeders and have nothing to feed to your pet, then, it is okay to feed cooked and unseasoned steak, turkey, or chicken as an emergency protein or as an occasional treat. It should be fed during an emergency situation, we repeat; it should be fed during emergency situation only!
So next time, keep these things in your mind before offering a piece of chicken. Protecting your beloved pet is in your hands, so avoid causing unnecessary pain to your beardie baby.
Life will become pleasant for your bearded dragon if you avoid feeding chicken, at all costs. We are concerned about your pet too so, we advise you to stick to their usual diet. And we know that as a beardie parent you will find several occasions to treat them with a healthy snack. So we request you to keep them away from the chicken! If you follow the proper diet, they will never suffer, and neither will you!We hope you and your beardie stays happy, fine, and dandy!