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  1. I dont use any substrate, if you have a colony 100+ (varying ages) , it would make cleaning out a nightmare.
  2. Ill take one or two babies and put them in their own enclosure and see what size they grow to.
  3. Cheers all for input. Good points made by all. Am i right then that they wont hiss much because i see them (feeding cleaning) each day etc. Could i just ask here also, ive noticed several females with the ootheca partly hanging out of them, is this normal behaviour? http://www.roachforu...p?showtopic=474 Ahh found my answer above, well detailed post , cheers.
  4. Cheers for that info, im switching from a dry dog food based feed to a good rabbit food mix (16% protein)with some butter nut squash now and again.
  5. Isnt a good dry rabbit food mix better than dry dog food if the protein % is the same ?
  6. Nice roaches. http://www.roachcolony.com/ Good company ive bought off in the UK.
  7. Ive had my hisser colony for about 2 years now and they are in a large RUB with vents 85 F and they breed well, however ive noticed since i had the original few i started with 2 years ago, most of the roaches end up as smaller adults the past few months, especially the males, the females still grow to a good size. Also im finding quite a few dead each day (while the main colony seem very healthy, they are not overcrowded) and the dead can be of varying age. They dont hiss that much but i guess thats because they are seen every day. Any thoughts on the above please. Also am i right in saying the protein they need doesnt have to be animal based ?
  8. Thankfully i havent had that many (one or two over a year) and it seems to be adult females. Each time i thought they were expanding to have babies but each time they have bloated/inflated then died shortly after. Ive cut them open when dead as i thought they may have been pregnant but each time they have non inside. Is there a disease that can happen now and again where the hisser "inflates" ? Any thoughts please ? My colony is about 200+ and all the rest are in great health i just get this happening occassionally.
  9. I started feeding dry dog food and carrots, blimey they go for carrots like wolves on a piece of meat
  10. Not seen anything like that on mine.
  11. Many thanks for that link, i was sure i wasnt just imagining them getting tame. Mine very rarely hiss too.
  12. Good point, im the only one who handles them Maybe i've watched this film too much lol
  13. This might sound crazy but i think cockroaches are more intelligent that a lot of people might realise. I've only kept my colony (mainly as pets except odd ones for Pacman frog now and again) just under 2 years and i can take any of them out on my hands and they will sit there quite peaceful, its like they can recognise you. Anyone else noticed similar ?
  14. "Avoid high protein foods: High protein foods like dog food or cat food, while appropriate for mammals, can be detrimental for roaches. Although they have traditionally been part of roach diets, recent research as described above suggests that they be eliminated." Quoted from link , ill try some fruit and veg more as well.
  15. http://www.petsathom...trip-dog-treats Could the food have too much moisture to start with ?, possibly try dry dog food, but the protein isnt as high i read on dry dog foods. Composition and Nutrition Main Flavour: Mixed Variety. Composition: Meat and Animal Derivatives (min. 4% Fresh Meat, min. 4% Chicken, min. 4% Lamb, min. 4% Rabbit, min. 4% Turkey), Derivatives Of Vegetable Origin, Various Sugars, Minerals, Oils and Fats. Analytical Constituents: Moisture 17.5%, Protein 26%, Oils and Fats 10%, Fibre 12%, Ash 4%. Feeding Guide (approximate per day) Feed as a treat or reward anytime.Please always ensure that fresh drinking water is available.Pets should be supervised at all times whilst feeding.Please feed responsibly as part of a balanced diet.This information is provided as a guide only. Please refer to the product packaging for full details.
  16. Urko2013


    Hi, Im Colin from Truro, England. Great forums, Cheers all.
  17. Hi, i have a colony in a 64 litre tub and some of my roaches i see wandering around with loose droppings trailing from their back areas. I use Bug gel for water and feed Smackos dog meat sticks (a dog type treat). They are kept in eggtrays with no substrate. Does this happen now and again anyway (ive only kept them for just over a year) the loose droppings ? Also i am getting occassional dead roaches of various ages for no apparent reason, is this just common ? The colony itself are healthy and kept at about 85F and 50ish % humidity. Cheers for any feedback.
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