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So now that i know how to tell if my females are producing, i have 2 of 3 females producing egg cases and the 3rd one is just starting to show signs. in the enclosure i have them in, there are these little soil mites (not confirming that these are soil mites but they are super tiny, smaller than the mites on hissers) and i am worried that the egg cases might be eaten by those or disrupted by them. Is this something to worry about of should i not worry so much?

PS: there is no way of taking pictures of them as they so freakin' tiny

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I would move the oothecae to a clean substrate then, but that is just me. I do not know much about mites.

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I actually plan on doing that with just one ooth to see if i can keep them in the enclosure or not. the last ooth that was produced (my first one) was eaten by either the roaches or the mites. now i am heavily feeding the roaches to reduce the risk of the ooths being eaten.

While on the topic of ooths, i received 4 B. orientalis ooths, how does one know if they are viable? all seem to be dented but are solid to the touch.

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Sorry, I do not pay a lot of attention on my Blatta lateralis colonies so I do not know if the dented ones are viable. Moist sand as substrate should not be a problem for the oothecae to hatch.

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I am just about sick of turks now....

I had at least 500 expecting them to breed.... 6 months of having them, no breeding so i feed/sell most of them but i keep 50.

a year after getting them i posted on here about egg cases being developed and stuff (litterally within 3 weeks) the female that was producing laid, but the egg case got eaten.

so after that i started to feed more heavily so they wouldnt eat the next ones.

I JUST checked on them 2 mins ago and found an egg case "skin"..... THEY ATE ANOTHER ONE!!?!?!?!?!

I have another female with an egg case on the end of her so I isolated her to make sure the egg case wont get eaten. If this one gets destroyed, I am going to feed them all off to my dragon.... so sic and tired of all of the crap these little things made me go through.

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That's weird that you're having such difficulty with them. I've always thought of lats as one of the easiest roaches to raise. I just give mine chick mash and water crystals most of the time and there's a nearly endless supply of nymphs. I've never heard of them eating the eggcases. Are you sure they aren't hatching instead?

What's their setup and diet like?

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there setup is a smaller (not cramped though) dog treat container with one of those moon rocks for hiding and stuff. Eco earth substrate, moist but not saturated. I feed them mostly fruits and veggies but always offer protein in the form of chicken mash, and bearded dragon pellets

I KNOW they arent hatching because 1) i dont see any tiny little nymphs and 2) I isolated a female that was about to lay an egg case last night, and there was not egg case on her or on the substrate.... I have no idea what is going on but I will buy more lats only one more time and if they dont lay egg cases or breed, I am done with them.... I know like Inkie14 started with one wild caught female and she has plenty of nymphs and stuff....

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I don't really think fresh fruit and veggie is a good maple diet for roaches... Those are mostly water. Just feed them dog food and water would be fine.

Mine eat eggcases now and then but I don't care; they're reproducing too fast anyway.

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But the thing is is that I feed them bearded dragon pellets all of the time so there is no reason for them to be eating the eggs

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Mine also eat their eggs even though I feed them a lot. It might be better to keep them in a large bin.

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6qt still might be small. Can you find any large bins such as trash cans? I think it will help in the Turkestan roaches not eating the oothecae. Also digging up the substrate might burry the oothecae and keep the oothecae from hatching, but I do not know about this.

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Kyle from roachcrossing says that a 6qt. bin is a good size considering how few I have left. He says the setup is good but would prefer to put springtails in there. I only have so much space for my roaches so a 6qt tub is going to have to do...

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Oh, okay. He should know. I have not spent time observing my Turkistan roaches so I am uncertain what is best. I have not tried keeping them in such a small container before.

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