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  1. Wild Game Bird Feed...."starter" version as there is "conditioner" and "flock" and I think one other type. First ingredient on starter is "plant protein products" while conditioner notes "grain by products".....starter notes 28% protein and I assume its soybean based because soybeans are one of the highest plant based proteins out there. (although soybean isn't mentioned) The conditioner notes a 16% protein level but again doesn't specify a single source of that protein. For example, chick feed "hen scratch" which is noted at around 8% protein has listed in its ingredients corn and sorghum, (milo) which is basically common bird feed. I use the WGBF starter in my dry chow, (with other stuff) used to feed Orangeheads and Hissers.....it gets devoured. For dubia I use the conditioner again with other stuff....both chows incorporate alfalfa too. (alfalfa is around 14% protein)
  2. I use Zip-Loc weathertite tubs for my thousands and thousands of Hissers....recently Sterilite came out with a similar product, not as well built but taller which I like. They have a blue dense foam seal around the underside of the lid edge which keep the little ones from sneaking out. I once made the mistake of keeping Hissers in a Exo Terra glass tank....it was an awesome display with natural features that grabbed a lot of attention at the reptile shows I vend at.....I quickly learned the babies could fit through the crack(s) between the glass doors....they are very slender and flat, quite difficult to pick up with your fingers unless you can flip them upside down. I use a plastic spoon to scoop them off linoleum floors. Oh yeah....(if you keep Hissers you are a full fledged "Roach Wrangler") I sing to them and try VERY hard not to jar the tubs I keep them in....the adults aren't that fast and easily tracked down, the babies are scatterbugsā€¦.my wife wasn't too pleased when one time at least 200-300 tiny ones escaped when I knocked over a temporary holding tub....I used her vacuum to catch 'em all....lesson learned.....just like the cowboys sing to their steer keeping the herd relaxed on the range, you got to keep those bugs soothed....
  3. You need to keep them fed....no food and they'll start trying to eat through the mesh to get out
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    Feeding question

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    New cockroach book

    Depends on the book....look at what the book Rhacodactylus: The Complete Guide to their Selection and Care costs.....125.00 to 200.00 bucks....(Crested Geckos) Its the bible for Crested Geckos enthusiasts and a feather in your cap if you have it on hand to show your friends.....dropping that kind of coin is no big deal if you're a serious hobbyist with the desire to learn. http://www.ebay.com/itm/151882648669?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT http://www.amazon.com/Rhacodactylus-Complete-Guide-their-Selection/dp/0974297100/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464400790&sr=8-1&keywords=Rhacodactylus%3A+The+Complete+Guide+to+their+Selection+and+Care If you're looking to make the definitive book on roaches, the most complete "encyclopedia" that will in effect be the bible never to be bested in its entiriety.....then one book and charge three figures for it. If you write it...it will sell Now myself, I'm easily bored with a short attention span.....why bother with one BIG book...break it down into 3,4,5, or 6 books....one out every other year...load it with pictures.....have folks send you pics giving them credit for the photo in the book.....load it with information where every question imagined is answered in a reference focusing in on a particular region maybe, how 'bout a book on the BIG boys and rarities, maybe a book on breeding, lots of other categories could be focused on. Beside it being your legacy and worthy of your very best effort which should make you proud of the book, but you will also be giving back to the hobby and putting a buck in your pocket....no shame in that.....donate a portion of the proceeds if you wanted to a university or project related to roaches that can expand the knowledge base. Think big...half measures avail us nothing imho