The only problem with feeding beardies with tongs or your hands is they are creatures of habit and will soon refuse to get their own food and insist on being hand fed. If you don't want this to happen I would suggest that you continue taking him out to feed him. My beardie is so spoiled thanks to my doting hubby that she wont even eat her salad unless it is fed piece by piece. Needless to say we don't go anywhere without taking her along because he is afraid she will starve herself while we are gone. Do yourself a favor and let him chase his food. LOL If you want him to calm down then a beardie burrito is in order.
Take something small like a dish towel and wrap him in it so he looks like a burrito. He will feel safe.
Chill on the couch and watch some TV with him on your chest.
This works best at night when they are tired and you turn out the lights in the house so he will want to sleep. He should become more chilled out with you after about a week of this.
Nadine Columbian Boa
2 Herb freak Teenagers & 1 Beardie loving Hubby