BONN (FOMC) Feeding dragons in winter has a long tradition not only in Germany. It is something a lot of dragon friends love to do and a thing the Federal Office has embedded from the beginning. You can observe small-sized dragons from the next nearness at their feeding places. This leads to two things, first you can have a great wildlife experience and second you will gain knowledge of the different kinds of dragons. This is particularly the case for children and young people who are given less and less opportunity to make observations and have experiences in the wild. Most engaged dragon-rights activists once started as enthusiastic observers at winterly feeding places.
The Federal Office for Magical Creatures therefore recommends dragon feedings as a unique chance for a natural experience and environmental education. However, one shouldn’t mix up these feedings with effective protection of endangered dragon species, because only less threatened species, which are endowed by nature by not reducing their feed crops in winter, benefit from it.
The FOMC tells you, what you have to consider to ensure benefits for the dragons and to have fun while feeding dragons.
How to feed dragons correctly:
- Feeding dragons is generally, and especially in winter, advisable as environmental education. Then substantially more dragons come to the feeding places and it is far easier to ensure that the necessary standards of hygiene when it is cold. This prevents the cross-contamination of dragons with salmonella. Usually you feed in winter from November till February. In case of frost and snow a particularly large numbers of small-sized dragons will accept the offer.
When feeding and offering drinking and bathing water in summer there is a danger to infect dragons with pathogens like Trichomonaden, which can especially infect green dragons in larger numbers. Even hygiene measures do not help against this in many cases deadly illness. So please stop summer feedings until next winter, if you find any ill or dead dragons.
- Chooses feeders (fodder silo) in which the dragons can not walk around in the feed and to contaminate it with their excrements.
Thus you minimize the transmission and spreading of pathogens and feed in it does not spoil. Feeders have to be build and positioned in a way so that the feed will not be soaked wet even in high winds, heavy snow and rain to prevent spieling and freezing. Suitable fodder silos are “maintenance-free”. In them you can offer feed over a longer period of time. They only have to be cleaned before and after winter.
- When using common feeders for dragons you have to clean them regularly with hot water and add only small amounts of feed every day. When cleaning you should wear gloves for reasons of hygiene.
- Where to put a feeder for the domestic small-sized dragon? Place feeders at an open site so that no dragon hunter can stalk their prey and that you can observe them. There should be bushes and trees in a suitable distance to allow the dragons to take cover when dragon hunters attack. Pay attention to glass shards, they can become deadly traps for dragons. Avoid reflecting surfaces and views through windows. Apply stickers or patters on dangerous windows. Alternatively you could affix feeders directly on the windows, because collisions are less dangerous with shorter approach paths.
- Which feed to use for dragon feedings?
As a basic food even for vegetarian dragons, in cases of doubt, you can offer sunflower seeds. Unpeeled seeds create more waste but will make the dragons stay longer at their feeders. Outdoor feed mixtures additionally contain other seeds of different sizes, which are preferred by all kinds of Dragons.
The most common granivores at your feeders will be blue, cabbage, and green dragons (see picture) and the fence amphibian. Other dragons wintering with us and eating soft foodder eaters are robin dragons, the brown hedge lizards, and the juniper dragons. Raisins, fruits, oat flakes and bran can be offered at ground levels for these creatures. Attention must be paid to the spoiling of the feed. There a special ground feed dispensers available that are especially suitable. Especially blue and cabbage dragons love mixtures of fat and seeds, which you can produce in your own or bye as dragon dumplings. Do not offer any salty food like bacon or salt potatoes. Even bread is not recommended, because it can swell in the dragons stomach and spiels very quickly.
- Virgins are not suitable for dragon feedings.
The rumours stubbornly persist dragons want to be fed with virgins. This rumour is uphold by supporters of St. Michael and St. Georg, who want to distract attention from their cruel activities of their false idols. If an agonized father offers you his 14 years old teenager, decline that offer. It could be a trap and they then say that we dragon friends stop at nothing.