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 Post subject: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:52 pm 
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So got my dubia roach colony this morning.
I chose to have 20 females, 10 males, 30 juvenile and 40 nymphs.

Didn't want to start off too big.
They are all settling into their tub with the heat mat, stat, water crystals, homemade chow and some fresh pear from our trees in the garden.

They do fascinate me and I am trying to leave them alone.

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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:50 pm 
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Good to hear. Just chuck some fresh food in every 2/3 days, and you'll find the water crystals will be gone in probably 2 days, so just keep an eye on that. Apart from that, let them do there thing for a good few months 8)


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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:42 pm 
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How often should I clean them out?
Don't want to disturbed them too much.

Will check the crystals and fresh food daily.
I had a brain wave for the water crystal tub. Got a small round tub with a lid. Cut 3 small holes on the sides of the tub, at the bottom. Put the crystals in it, put the lid on and they just come out a little bit. They won't be getting all in the crystals and pooing in it and trailing bits of food in it and stuff. Will let you know how it goes. :D

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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:00 am 
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I have a large colony, and I only clean out once a month. As no matter how neat and tidy you are with the food, they will drag it around at there pleasure :lol: .

But its not hard, just a case of tipping the box/tub up and giving it a little shake, and then scooping out the crap. But also looking out for the tiny babies.


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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:23 am 
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Thanks.

Had a quick peek this morning and was able to pick out a few moulting skins.
Doesn't look like they have touched the pear but they might still be settling in.
Will check on it again later. Might put some curly kale in. See if they like that.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:15 pm 
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Our guys love butternut pumpkin!

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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:04 pm 
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My egg flats arrived this morning so I have put those in the box now.

So much better.

I have now pulled out 8 moulting skins. I also noticed quite a few tiny white roaches. I know they go white after they moult. Could these be baby ones?

I have put in some rocket, spinach and watercress as its from the same bag of stuff I feed the Beardies.

Will definitely try some butternut squash as I have got one that i feed the Beardies from. Have got some sweet potato as well. Might give them some of that in a few days. Have also put in a segment of orange. Like to vary all the animals diets if I can.

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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:30 pm 
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They love porridge oats, and its cheap. Also crush up some dog/cat biscuits with it. Sorted.


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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:28 pm 
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Will try that as well. :D

Many thanks for all the advice/info.

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Ours seem to like food when its been left a couple of days, yuk!! Its funny if you put whole cat biscuits in, you can see them roll them under the egg boxes :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:17 pm 
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The only thing my guys seem to really love is oranges.

Have made my own roach chow but they aren't eating a lot of it. Have ground it up and everything! What cat biscuits do you use. I bought chicken ones cause they were on offer.

They are so fascinating

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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:57 am 
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My roaches also seem to love mushrooms!
Bought some for the Beardies to try but they just looked at it. So put some bits in for the roaches and it was gone in an hour.

When I looked in this morning there was a male and a female head to head waving their feelers at each other.

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2 bearded dragons
2 adult locusts
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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:00 pm 
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Sharonr. I believe Mushrooms poisonous for Beardies, and are high in phosphorus. So they are very toxic. Probably best not to feed them to the roaches either if they are going to be food for your dragon. I'm not 100% sure if thats ALL mushroom. I've just avoided them altogether to be sure 8)

Also Rhubarb is toxic for a Beardie.


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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:14 pm 
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Oranges help them breed :)

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 Post subject: Re: colony has arrived!
PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:26 am 
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Thanks for that info.

Was sure I saw mushrooms on one of the OK foods lists from the site.

No more mushrooms! Don't give them rhubarb. Hubby eats all that I grow, no one else gets a look in! :lol:

I checked my colony yesterday as when I looked in there was a lot of moulting in the bottom.
Turns out I now have 9 extra females and 6 extra males. Couldn't count all the juveniles but have got 52 babies. Which is good because I started out with 40!

Its just so fascinating to me. I could sit and watch them all day!

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2 adult locusts
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