2 week old coastals won't eat

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  1. Classabear

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    Hi, my breeder is having trouble feeding his hatches. 2 are excellent feeders, the other 4 have not eaten. They have shed and are just over 2 weeks old now. Whenever offering them food, they tend to look intimidated. Some ignore the pinky while others strike but don't grab it. He has tried everything: scenting, skinning the nose, piercing the head etc. to no avail...

    If anyone can help us resolve this it would be appreciated. Thanks


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    Have they had there first shed yet ? two weeks is nothing to worry about most don't feed for at least 5 weeks due to all the yolk they absorb from the egg
     
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    Yes they shed at about a week old


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  4. Norm

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    Sounds like you could be expecting a bit much from them. How many times have you tried to feed them?
     
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    I read their first feed should be at about 2 weeks. I've been trying for a few days. Other 2 have eaten no problem, it's just those 4.


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  6. Norm

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    I would give them a 5-10 day break and try again. Keep interaction with them to minimum in that time. In my experience most start when they are ready if treated this way.
     
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    Okay thanks for the advice! I'll pass it on :)


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  8. Norm

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    Who's trying to get these guys feeding, you or the breeder?
     
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    The breeder. I am buying one of the hatchies when they're ready and so am trying to help him out.


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    well u wouldn't exactly call him/ her a breeder then hey? ;)

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    well u wouldn't exactly call him/ her a breeder then hey? ;)
     
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    Well he's relatively new and still learning. Never had this problem before and has already tried everything he knows!


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    When u say never had this problem before?... What r u referring 2
     
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    He's never had a problem with hatchies refusing food. Usually they go straight for it :)


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    2 weeks?... Nothing to wry about ... Just leave them be to settle
     
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    Okay thanks :)


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    i dont even offer food for about 5 weeks. they can live off their absorbed yolk sack for up to 10 months
     
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    That's nothing mine hatched on the 27 of January and 6/10 haven't eaten yet and 4/10 haven't shed yet but they all seem happy


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    I've had them go months a trick I use to get last few stubborn animals to feed is have a few skinks or geckos grab one and when they crap themselves as they often do smear the matter onto a pinkies nose and they normally dig in, something about skink wee drives them nuts
     
  19. bdav70

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    i don't know much on the matter, but i have heard of 'pinkie pumps' for hatchies. though maybe others know more about how and what circumstances in which to use them
     
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