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About Ihaggerty1313

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  1. Over the years my feeder roach business (The Roach Ranch) has enabled me to talk to countless amounts of people who enjoy animals as much as I do on a daily basis. One of the frequent questions I field from people day to day "Is this ALL you do for a living?" The short answer is yes, but the real answer is that The Roach Ranch has been an integral part to allow me to do what I really love, and that is play guitar. When I'm not roach ranching I play guitar in the nationally touring Rock band out of Providence, Rhode Island PISTOL SHOT GYPSY. We've had the chance to tour most of the country a fe
  2. Thanks Ralph. How would they have gotten in there? Any suggestions as to how to keep them out? -Ian
  3. What is this animal? One of my customers finding them in their roach bin. Thanks, -Ian
  4. I've heard of taping the heat pak onto the inside box. But when you say it was w/ the filler newspaper, do you mean it was just floating around in there or did they pack it nice and tight next to the inside box? -Ian
  5. Alright bear w/ me for a second. I posted something similar to this thread a while back but am looking for someone to walk me thru the steps to shipping a lot of roaches. I am sending my friend 450 male dubia. How would I package these correctly for winter travel? I'm going to get some 72 hour heat paks and send this package 2-3 day priority. I'm figuring it's going to have to be a box inside a box w/ newspaper tightly packed around the inside box. Where do I tape the heat paks and how many should I use? Maybe chuck in a carrot for some road food etc. If I'm way off on my packing sche
  6. Thanks guys! I gotta say, that's what I've been telling them. I just wanted to get another opinion on the subject to ease my mind. Thanks again guys! -Ian
  7. I gotten asked recently by a couple of my customers if they had an escapee Blaptica Dubia, could it possibly infest their house? I'm from the NorthEastern USA. Winters get pretty cold. Any thoughts on this? I've never heard of tropical roaches infesting houses in the USA. Any info that I could tell my customers guys? -Ian
  8. Excellent! Then that's a good thing! I'll have to thin them out cuz I was keeping a 3/1 ratio. Not a problem w/ hungry Beardies around though! -Ian
  9. I need all you roach experts to help me out here. Seems that this is up for debate. Just WHAT IS the proper male to female ratio when keeping dubia? I've heard 1/3 all the way up to 1/10. Thanks, -Ian
  10. Alright this may be a bit of a dumb question but I wanted to make sure of it before I proceed removing the nymphs. My adult Dubia colony so far has about 400+ females and 130+ males in it right now. Needless to say I'm starting to get a ton of nymphs. I wanted to remove them within the week to make room for more nymphs over the next month. Is it cool to do this? My understanding is once they are born they are on their own and I could remove them whenever I wanted. Is this a true statement? I'm probably going to move some frass into the new container for them as well. What do you guys
  11. I have one that has one wing and is a little deformed. It came to be about a month ago and is doing fine. I don't have it in my breeder tank. I was just going to feed it off. -Ian
  12. I've got a quickie for you. I'm using the mesh that's used for screen doors on the top of my dubia colonies. I see some people use aluminum screen so are there any problems w/ what I'm using? Thanks, -Ian
  13. W/o overcrowding what would be a good number of B. Dubia adults to house in a 35 gallon or 55 gallon sterilite tub? Is there a formula I should be using as to not overcrowd my tubs? I'm keeping a 3/1 ratio of females to males. My colony is really starting to pop and I'm getting anywhere from 45-60 adults a day. Thanks, -Ian
  14. Hey guys what's the best way to ship roaches? I've had them come in the 32 oz. Deli Cups w/ vented lids which were nice and easy on the transfer to their tubs. AND I've had them come "loose" in a taped up box.... Not my favorite way to recieve them. I'm just trying to find the pros and cons because I'm going to be shipping some over to my buddy. Also I'm probably going to ship within a month so it's gonna be a bit chilly. How do I pack the heaters properly? Thanks, -Ian
  15. Matt, I'm really getting to like reading your responses here on the forums more and more. You take what is said, think about it and return w/ a volley of legitimate proportion. And though playing devils advocate isn't going to get one the glory. It may solve problems within communities down the line. You are absolutely right. We talk a good game but when it comes right down to it no one has an alternative solution to the problem. You did mention banning together and I recently heard an interview on Reptile radio w/ my bud Kev McCurley from NERD up my way in NH and he suggested the same
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