Food for the crickets 

Feeding the insects you feed to your bearded dragon is called “gut loading”. It’s important because whatever your crickets are eating, your dragon ends up eating. To properly gut load the crickets, you need to feed them good food for 24-48 hours before feeding the crickets to your dragon.

I started looking around in forums and on YouTube to see what other bearded dragon owners are doing to feed their crickets. I liked the advice of those that are feeding their crickets regular vegetables and fruits. It’s easy to do, inexpensive and I know what’s going into the food.

The first step is to select what you’ll put into the food and blend it. After it’s about the consistency of a smoothie, place it into an ice cube tray and freeze. The cubes are good for about 6 months.
I used collard greens, carrots, butternut squash, mango and some Fluker’s High-Calcium cricket diet. It looks terrible but smells really good. The crickets like it so that’s good.

Close-up of blender with vegetable smoothie in it
Gut loader “smoothies”.

Here’s the video I watched to learn how to do this:

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