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  1. I didn't mention this before because I didn't want to overload Amanda's breeders ability to produce and have her rob the bins too often. So, for anybody that buys feeder Dubia for their animals, the link below is the best value I've found for small/medium sized roaches. The eBay user name is Aman-Bent (Amanda Bently) and she ships from Ohio. She has been absolutely great to work with, even with the bad shipping issue we had, which was the fault of the Post Office, not hers. I ordered 400 Dubia before Christmas and the local main hub post office received the bugs in maybe 3 days, but they w
  2. I'm guessing a lot of the wife's issues (besides general exhaustion) are hormone issues as her body gets used to not being pregnant again, and breast feeding if she is doing so. If your wife increases her water intake daily it will probably help with the crankiness a lot! When my wife was pregnant, I accepted that she was going to be a bit cranky for the duration, but one day she crossed the line a bit (I don't recall about what), but she saw it in my face that I was tempted to respond, but didn't. She asked, and I told her I knew it was her pregnancy hormones going crazy and she was baking
  3. Very true, and I believe roaches breath through their bodies, which is one reason they can survive without a head. Sorry you ran into that issue...but thanks for sharing so hopefully we can learn a lesson from you without repeating it ourselves.
  4. Ugh, I hate when I put a lot of time and effort into a post and either the browser dumps it, or you hit the backspace on the keyboard and the website goes back a page (like hitting ALT+LEFT ARROW) and stuff like that. A lot of times when I notice I'm getting a bit long winded, I'll copy everything over into a Word document and copy the text back over to the forum when I'm done. I did that with that new thread that has all the information Q&A with that professor a bit ago. I didn't think about different species having different hardness of exoskeleton's, although I did recognize it
  5. Also, some general FAQ's that I found interesting. http://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/kunkel/cockroach_faq.html A few questions I enjoyed: 6.Why do cockroaches die on their backs? 7.Do cockroaches bite? 12.Are cockroaches really clean? 39.How do Cockroaches Digest and what organs do they use to do so? 56.How fast are cockroaches? 68.Color cockroaches most attracted to? 79.Can female-only set of hissing cockroaches give birth 7 months after purchase?
  6. For everybody wondering about the e-mails I've sent with the professor (who is also a biochemist) who has been posting research on roaches since 1966, I will copy those below. Granted, there are over 4,800 species of roaches and no single person has researched them all to any great degree, so take away what you will from the questions and answers below. I personally have a small breeder colony that I've had less than two months, so I am not an authority on roaches of any species. I'm simply a technical person by nature that has a touch of self-diagnosed OCD who found so many websites with c
  7. I do't know much about Red Runners, but a friend of mine that has a massive Dubia colony (as well as Orange Head and Ivory Head roaches) prefers Orange Head roaches for feeders. He says they have more meat on them for their size so your bearded dragons and other pets that eat roaches have less exoskeleton to digest. LoveBugFarm, It would be good (and fun) to be able to follow those month to month reports on breeding roaches to see at what temperature, protein and other food sources, humidity, amount of light, amount of time they are disturbed per day/week, etc., and see how the numbers
  8. LBF, that sounds like it was a good time chasing the graph for the best results. :0) I took a shot at raising a few crickets last year and it flopped. Just as I was giving up and about to toss the crickets, I noticed itty-bitty baby crickets in the bin, but never had any luck after that. I'm guessing I had too much light, among other things. Are there any roach breeders out there that you are aware of that breed on that same massive scale?
  9. OK, let me go back and stress the >20% protein and lethality thing. If you were feeding >20% protein and not providing other forms of food, that is how he said the high protein would be lethal. Feeding other fillers that have low protein, or forcing the roaches to feed on carrots, potatoes and the like for hydration, or letting the roaches run out of food for 12-24 hours would give enough break to make a difference. The statement where the >20% was fatal was something he told Allen Repashdy (SP?) who was trying to create an "all-in-one" roach chow that provided all the food and hyd
  10. I'm not saying all species of roach do this, but I've read that roaches can reset their circadian rhythms and tend to be active (I think) in the first four hours of darkness after you turn off their lights, if you have it on a timer or set routine anyway. I keep my Dubia in a black bin so there isn't much light in their night or day, so they can roam, feed and mate as their internal clocks desire! No matter when I open the bin to peek inside and swap out fresh food, there are always several up top that scramble. I wish they wouldn't...I'd like to watch them going about their lives a bit mor
  11. Whoa, I thought I lost this by mistake and had to redo it all...thank goodness for internet caching! Bah, no worries. That is an issue with conversing in black and white versus voice, you cannot always interpret the other persons intentions/attitude with plain text. I didn't take you as argumentative, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't coming across that way myself, especially as the new nymph on the forums. Another reason I doubt many things I read on some sites that sell roaches and they give information on how to breed and maintain your bins...if you are breeding your own colon
  12. You answered your own questions in what you said. You're feeding them high protein food, and they also have low protein plants to feed off of to balance out the amount of urates in their bodies. Anyway, I'm not here trying to start an argument, I was just sharing information that a professor that has been posting research papers on roaches for 50 years shared with me. I only have a few months of knowledge and there are so many posts and web sites acting like they are professionals and that their way is the best way, just because it works, and so much of their information is conflicting
  13. I'm sure you probably know this, but if the nymphs are dying during incomplete molts, at least with Dubia, it is typically due to the humidity being to low from what I've been told. Is there much chance you have mold in the bin in the substrate that may be causing problems? Of course, starting with such a small amount of breeding adults doesn't leave a lot of room for error. 25% of my adult Dubia died in the first couple of days (25 females and 10 males), but the nymphs did well and took up the slack. I'm not sure if it was stress or what, but the females gave birth (at least one or two fe
  14. Interesting DonldJ, I'll have to try that and see what kind of response I get. However, as I've posted elsewhere today, the protein requirements of roaches are pretty low, and too much can be lethal or at least unhealthy. The quote below is from a professor that has been posting his research on roaches since 1966, so I trust him has an authority on roaches The 4% protein diet should satisfy all stages (nymphs and adults). You can produce some happy medium with a minimum of work by allowing them to choose their own diet but forcing them to get some of their moisture from veget
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