Swiss chard is an extremely nutritious vegetable that your bearded dragon will absolutely love, making it the perfect addition to your pet’s diet. It has a slightly bitter taste, but your dragon won’t mind at all – in fact, they’ll love it! Plus, it can be eaten both fresh and cooked, so you can be creative with how you serve it up to your pet. If you’re interested in learning more about what types of food dragons can eat and how to feed them effectively, keep reading to find out more about feeding Swiss chard to your bearded dragon.
What is Swiss Chard?
Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable that’s used primarily in European cooking. People in North America are more familiar with its cousin, kale. It has broad, crinkly leaves and long stalks. This type of chard—Swiss or rainbow—is often used raw in salads or cooked in side dishes like soups and stir-fries. If you’re wondering whether your bearded dragon can eat swiss chard leaves, read on for some information about them and tips for safely introducing them to your pet’s diet.
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Health Benefits of Swiss Chard
You may already be aware of some of the chard’s health benefits, such as its high levels of vitamins and dietary fiber. However, did you know that swiss chard is also loaded with iron and that it can be used to help relieve certain symptoms caused by menstruation? Eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables like swiss chard is a great way to help improve your overall health.
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Your beardie will thank you too! As it turns out, one food that bearded dragons love just as much as they love crickets and mealworms is Swiss chard (also known as silverbeet). But are there any dangers associated with feeding your beardie a diet consisting solely of swiss chard?
How to Grow Swiss Chard
Growing Swiss chard couldn’t be easier. This vegetable grows best in cool weather and in soil that is moist but well-drained. Many gardeners choose to sow seeds directly into their gardens, though you can also start them indoors and transplant them later on if you prefer to grow your vegetables from seedlings. Whether planting from seed or transplanting a seedling, expect your plants to reach around 4 feet tall when mature. The leaves are edible and have a mild flavor that resembles spinach.
To get more chards throughout the growing season, cut off some of last year’s growth just above ground level before new leaves begin to emerge from underground stems—this will cause it to branch out and produce multiple shoots with tender greens at each node along its length.
How to Prepare and Serve Swiss Chard?
Thoroughly wash chard leaves and stems to remove dirt. Rinse well and drain in a colander. Chop leaves into small pieces and sets them aside. Coarsely chop stems into small pieces, but keep stems separate from chopped leaves. Use either one alone or a combination of both in your pet’s food dish, as you prefer. Rinse and drain leaves again before adding them to your pet’s food dish because they will likely have sand or dirt on them after washing. After doing this, feed swiss chard to your bearded dragon.
What Do Bearded Dragons Eat?
So, what do bearded dragons eat, anyway? You’re about to find out! First, you have to understand that there are a few different types of foods your pet will eat. The first is its staple diet —the stuff that should make up most of its food intake every day.
Next comes treats and then live insects. In short, it’s always good to include a variety of different foods in your dragon’s diet but stick mostly with safe options like fruits and vegetables so you can make sure they get everything they need nutritionally. More on how much to feed them below. And don’t forget greens!
Feeding Guidelines for Feeder Insects vs. Greens Your First Month with a Baby Dragon.
Feeding a baby bearded dragon can be fun and affordable, but it takes a while to learn. Feeder insects are your best choice for your baby dragon’s first food. It might take time to learn what he will eat, so make sure you have some extra feeders on hand. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 20 crickets or 15 mealworms (more if you have a large baby) for every 4 weeks old he is, so about 3 per day per week. You will also need a variety of greens that include dandelion greens, collard greens, and dark green lettuce leaves. Baby dragons should eat their greens first thing in the morning before they start eating their bugs.
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The best thing to do when feeding your bearded dragon is to provide him with a varied diet that includes chard, collards, kale, and mustard greens. Offer these three or four times per week along with other foods including insects, fruit, and leafy green vegetables. You’ll want to give your pet a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods but avoid foods like tomatoes which have vitamin A in them as it could lead to eye problems in your pet. If you provide him with balanced meals for about 12 weeks he will become acclimated and should continue eating even if you’re not around
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