Thank you for waiting. Bearded dragons are solitary in nature, so being separated shouldn't have had a bad effect on them. However, it is possible that competition for food made them eat more eagerly. Still, I think something else must be going on. I have few suggestions you can try.
I would increase the temperatures a bit. At this age, the warm side can be up to 120*F and the cool side 85*F to 90*F. Then I would give them a special soak. Buy some Pedialyte (yes, the kind for human infants). Prepare a shallow bath consisting of 1/2 water and 1/2 Pedialyte. Soak them for about 20 to 30 minutes twice a day. Reptiles can absorb the electrolytes and fluids through their vents (where droppings pass out), so make the water deep enough to cover the vent. Be sure to supervise closely.
They must actually be eating more than what you see or they would be losing weight. As growth slows, they often need less food, so that may account for part of the problem. You might try some other foods. Silkworms are relished by most beardies. If you can't get them locally, there are companies that ship worldwide. Here are some of them:
Normally, fruit should only be used as a sometime treat, but with appetite problems, we can sue it to encourage eating. Most dragons love raspberries. Get some of the 100% fruit spread (raspberries). You can put a thin layer on some greens to see if that w ill entice them to eat. Another trick is to mix some calcium powder into some plain meat baby food. Then drop a small dollop right on the end of their snout. Many times they will lick it off.
Intestinal parasites can cause appetite loss and lethargy. Any vet (not just a reptile vet) can check for these with a fecal flotation test. You'd need to take in a fresh sample of droppings in a clean plastic bag. As far as how often they are passing droppings, many beardies do only pass them once a week. It varies with how much they eat.
In summary, I would increase temperatures a bit, try different foods and different methods, give Pedialyte soaks, and arrange to test for intestinal parasites.
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