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  1. i have heard of people in arizona keeping them in the shed outdoors in about 115F today the room maxed out at about 94F i think i have to check the thermometer
  2. for some reason i have had serious issues keeping my colonies up this last 6 to 8 weeks i know its been a highly talked about topic this last few weeks and i am not the only one with the problem everything is spot on in there enclosure and i feed the best possible foods to them and dont use animal protein my only question is can they be overheated? my only thing left to see is if they can overheat in the daytime they are in my attic which hits probly 100F and i use a spaceheater at night which is set to 95F but really runs the room around 91F is it possible these deaths are from overheating? ive noticed the dubia were crouding the bottom of the bin even going as far as using the open space in the front and back of the bins to lay on...
  3. i have atleast 5 of these i call them bi sexual dubia
  4. you could see loss of females with this i changed a colony too much at one time and i lost about 50 females and a ton of babies
  5. chris

    dwarf dubia?

    So the dwarfs do produce regularly?
  6. chris

    dwarf dubia?

    What do you think about the effects of dwarfing can it be reversed i.e buy dubia from supplier around 1 inch than feed them well and give them space and thell be good size females or the damage is done by the time i get them
  7. chris

    dwarf dubia?

    The dubia in question juat came in no longer than a month ago at 7/8 inch and i have everything pristine at my house for them
  8. chris

    dwarf dubia?

    I think its the actual place there coming from and not the enclosure
  9. i think it was a cold spell and not enough liquids and fruit there good now
  10. anyone order from them and have any concerns? i seem to have die off a month or two after buying from them but not instantly
  11. i know the potassium is much higher in the potato but what else sets the potato apart ?
  12. i underestimated my dubia colonies i just bought 25 lbs. of dubia from another hobbyist i swear like 25% of my costco run just went into my colonies so much for it lasting a month !
  13. i wonder what the nutritional value is for potato vs carrots i dont like to use filler i think my one colony is suffering from lack of nutrition the adults are lagging horribly i think they went through a cold shock i just got the flex watt tape mounted up lastnight hopefully they snap back into it
  14. ive debated for long time over two things 1.whether water crystals kill roaches or its just a fluke with my colonies everytime i supply water crystals i swear i see deaths in the bins ? 2. whole or baby carrots? does it really matter because these damn baby carrots dont last and there very expensive when you have the dubia ammounts i do
  15. i have a female i call hammerhead her head is all puffy she lasted very long she did die rip
  16. no and the oranges i fed were also in the other colonies no issues there along with the dry food the only thing that was changed was the new egg crates and i did also remove the frass the only other thing i can think of was there might have been a few dead dubia smelling up the colony i.e that horrible smell maybe knocked them off balance i also turned the fan off in that room but yet again other colonies were just fine -.- im baffled here
  17. not sure why but i just sorted my adult colony maybe a week ago and i went in today to find about 75 females turned over dead or dying with tons of egg cases aborted i just sorted the nymphs out and replaced egg crates nothing has changed does anyone have any idea what happened here ?
  18. yeah i use dog food as of now now im trying to cut cost while improving on quality and staying all natural i was thinking of maybe some wheat bran and maybe a few other small things but there isent really a set list what kind of oats do the dubia seem to prefer im assuming there all cut from the same cloth or machine in this case..
  19. so im trying to compile good list of animal(reptile) friendly ingredients for a super healthy gutload so far ive looked at bee pollen,kelp,oats,wheat bran and thats about it seems boring what other grains or products other than animal protein do people use ?
  20. it has seemed to slow down whatever this is im assuming maybe just a bad batch maybe i mean i got in 2000 and had probly 50 to 60 die only 4 today and the odor has went away bigtime ill keep updating this but im curious to know why the dubia were turning black after they died ...
  21. yeah im seeing them mount the flipped dubia and not during a molt ive noticed a strong odor today found about 20 black dubia with a horrid smell i aired out two of the bins and probly will try to see if that helps the issue or find the underlying problem i did recently add new roachs last week
  22. yeah ive got 14 out today over 3 bins i removed 50 male adult today came back 6 hours later to find 6 more within 3 bins on there backs including a adult female which really got me ticked off -.- im not finding any logical reason for why this is happening i dont think diet would do this ...
  23. yeah im not to worried about the breeding as much as the cannibalism i see about 4 sets of nymphs in there im thinking of keeping oatmeal,cheerios in there as a starch with dog food for the extra days
  24. anyone have any ideas for dubia flopping over and getting there heads eaten? im seeing dubia turned over and than getting attacked at one point and having there heads taken off no body being eaten (i have seen shells though) so i up'd protein intake to three times a week and more citrus but i was thinking and came to the thought citrus might be putting the metabolism so high they are cannibalizing? am i getting somewhere with this thought? i normally split with collards and carrots but my large bag carrots went bad in 2 days and collards are out right now so thats all there liquids at the moment the bins are spot on temp humidity not overstocked at all understocked if anything i split the one colony down into three put some with my adults to get them moving around more and made another new colony most of the issues are still in that "first" colony nothing has changed other than diet with those things i mentioned
  25. the large flexwatt cant be over 10feet i believe i cut it off at 8 feet to play it safe i have a bac1000 running its temp pretty consistant had a rheostat never liked it at all
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