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#1 Chris Driggers

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 10:20 PM

What does everyone use? This is a mix that I have found to produce more offspring, and the roaches seem to grow a little faster but then again, I only pay really close attention to them in the warmer months, the rest of the time, I just feed and water them, spot clean and cover them back up.

I suppose it's not really a recipe, because I don't have the quantities on some ingredients.

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Cheap dollar store cat food 3-4 coffee grinders full
Dry oatmeal 3-4 coffee grinders full
3-4 oak leaves

I grind everything in a coffee grinder, I usually mix the oak leaves in with the cat food so it grinds a little finer. I also add any cereal that goes stale in the kitchen too, and some dog food every now and again, but it's oily and it cakes up in the grinder and I don't use it very often.

Anyone else got a recipe they like? or something else alltogether? I'm interested.

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 03:35 AM

Beneful dog food seems to be pretty good stuff. Each type of pellet is different and some species have definite preferences.

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 05:19 PM

QUOTE(Orin McMonigle @ Jul 31 2007, 10:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Beneful dog food seems to be pretty good stuff. Each type of pellet is different and some species have definite preferences.


No grinding? Just throw it in straight out of the bag?

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 01:50 AM

I think grinding up dog food is kind of silly but I know a lot of hobbyists enjoy doing it.

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 08:11 PM

I always assumed that the nymphs would have a hard time with it if it wasn't ground down to a fine powder.

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 08:55 PM

So did I! I just gave my roaches whole cat food last night though and it's gone this morning. Sure saves a lot of time. Especially since I was pounding it with a hammer. lol.
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Posted 10 August 2007 - 10:46 PM

QUOTE(Roachsmith @ Aug 9 2007, 03:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So did I! I just gave my roaches whole cat food last night though and it's gone this morning. Sure saves a lot of time. Especially since I was pounding it with a hammer. lol.


Same here, only I used dog food. I never did any research before, like I said I just assumed the nymphs would have trouble. But this will definately save some time, and a little cash too, as I have a dog and have dog food on hand already anyway.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 05:19 PM

I use kaytee brand ferrit food, called forti-diet.
It has 35% protein, 18% fat, and 4% fiber.
Its all i've ever used for roaches, but i do give them a treat now and then of melon.
I actually breed my own crickets now, (thanks Orin!) and i swear they love the ferrit food,
even better than the roaches do!
When i used to have my website "Roachdomain" ferrit food is all i ever fed them.
I have never had any problems with my roaches, as long as i have been feeding them this.

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 01:36 AM

I feed anything I eat, and then also toss in some fish food and cat/dog food.  No grinding ....roaches even nymphs seem to have grinders built in.



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Posted 16 August 2007 - 09:34 PM

Mine like parrot food (just dried veg and fruits). Right now I'm giving them dry food every other week along with water crystals. Otherwise I have to clean the tank about every other day with the fresh fruits and veggies.
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 11:31 PM

Fish food and sometimes dead fish.

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 01:14 AM

cheap dog, cat, fish and chicken food.   I try to use more than one at a time.  I try to include cat or fish with the other since they are higher in protein.  Somewhere i read that the lower protein foods such as dog food and chicken mash are a bit shy on protein.  I also throw in whatever produce i have left over at least a couple of times per week.  Also throw in most any other leftovers theyll eat, old popcorn, meatloaf, cereal, you name it.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 02:32 AM

I have alot of different roaches and i didn't used to grind.Until i read on some forums that people did.I have to say i go through alot more grinding,if this is any indication of consumption i would say they eat more when ground.
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Posted 27 August 2007 - 04:38 PM

I grind mine in the ever-so-trustee "magic bullet". It does take a lot more time but I feel that I am doing my roaches a favor. Since I have mealworms and earthworms too it is easier to do it all at once.
I generally have a nice hearty combination of:
cheap dog food
rabbit or ferrit food
fish flakes and pellets (that I would normally feed my fish)
turlte/iguana mix (I use to have an iguana and there food works great - dried fuits/veggies/plant material)
cherrios or some type of oat or wheat bran cereal, wheaties etc...
oatmeal
some type of bread, tortilla, crutons, stale wheat.
Twice a week I place fresh fruits and veggies on top of the powder and mix it in so that the fruit/veggie pieces are covered in the powder (helps with rotting out becuase of the heat) I have never had to throw pieces out exept for the watermelon. Fruits and veggies I use:
watermelon, apple, grapes, leafy greens and kale, banana, and shredded carrot.
I use water crystals mixed with calcium/protien powder for my water source.

Keep the bins at 95 to 85 degrees night to day, respectivley.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 09:12 PM

Beneful FTW!!!

I alternate in a pattern, beneful til it's gone, then fresh fruit/veggies til it's gone, then parrot food, then fresh veggies/fruit, etc.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 04:14 PM

I have recently switched to an all veggie diet just because I grow my own. I have noticed that my colonies no longer stink, but I worry about reproduction being effected by the lack of protein.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 08:26 PM

I've been feeding my roaches a variety of stuff mixed together.  Beneful dog food ground up, mixed with monster diet for crickets (powder) , fish food then on the side of it I have diced up orange and baby carrot with apple or peach.  I have alot of fruit on hand for my sugar gliders so the fruit is easy for me to include every few feedings or so.  My hissers go nuts for fresh fruit but love the other dry mix too.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 06:25 PM

QUOTE(Shawn H @ Sep 12 2007, 01:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've been feeding my roaches a variety of stuff mixed together.  Beneful dog food ground up, mixed with monster diet for crickets (powder) , fish food then on the side of it I have diced up orange and baby carrot with apple or peach.  I have alot of fruit on hand for my sugar gliders so the fruit is easy for me to include every few feedings or so.  My hissers go nuts for fresh fruit but love the other dry mix too.


Do you feed roaches to your sugar gliders?





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