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  1. Hmmmm, ill have to powderize it then. hmm hmm hmm. Trying too work on a custom roach formula. I do know most reptile meal powders have dehydrated powderized fruits, pollens, etc. Guess ill just have to see what the roaches think of it. That is the only sure test.


    I came across this post completely by accident. When I first got into raising B. Dubia I didn't think twice when I purchased my dehydrator and went to the store and got ten pounds of Oranges. I won't share my whole custom roach formula, but I will share this.

    My roaches are all fed dehydrated Oranges in their roach chow. It's a bit tricky to make the chow that I do, but my roaches are worth it because my Bearded Dragons are worth it. I do grind my dried Oranges, peel and all, into a fine powder, and if it is left without mixing it with the rest of the chow it will become slightly sticky and clump together. When this happens I just strain it a couple of times and then mix it right away. I spent over nine months getting my chow just right, it has everything a roach needs and after feeding it now for over two years it has produced some of the healthiest roaches around. I have also found that my females recover much faster after giving birth and usually produce again 11 days faster then with just dog or cat food. On that note, I do not use dog or cat food in my roach chow, but this is not to say that either is bad, I just have found something better.

    I make my chow weekly and use over 30lbs of Oranges every week, I have used and still do from time to time use other fruits in my chow but Oranges have always worked the best for what I am trying to accomplish. On a final note, plenty of fresh water, fresh fruits and vegetables, heat and humidity, and my roach chow produce faster, stronger, healthier roaches. I have also gone so far as to do test tubs and have found that I have a lot less dead roaches and I seem to get about 20% more life from my breeders than in previous years.

    Hope this information helps,

  2. Welcome to the forum!

    I'm so jealous of you for living near the national park in AZ. There are tons of cool bugs out there that I'm eager to get. lol

    Welcome! Got lots of nice bugs around you, including some awesome darkling beetles no doubt! Hope you enjoy your time here! :)

    Well, if either of you are ever in my area please let me know. I have been here for a very long time and one of my jobs is as a tour guide of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

    I would love to meet and explore this area with anyone that is from here, I meet people daily from all over the world and have an amazing amount of knowledge of the whole Northern Arizona Region. ;)

  3. dubiadudes, it turned out my UTH was malfunctioning and peaking around 100 degrees F. I just nixed the heat altogether for now. They're back to a cozy 75 degree room temp. Problem solved! ;)


    Wow, yes, 100F is a danger zone for sure even at a peak.

    I've done many tests with Dubias with concern to temperature. One that really wasn't a test, but may surprise many, so I will explain in a bit more detail.

    We live in Northern Arizona about 7,000 feet up, so yes, it does snow in Arizona :)

    A couple of years ago we had a package of 2,000 mediums that were returned to us "Undeliverable as Addressed", now even though we had all the proper marking on the outside of the box and heat packs inside the box, the mail lady still left the package outside our home, next to the front door, but in the snow.

    The package had been out of our hands for nine (9) days and we were not home for an additional two (2) days. The 2,000 dubias had been in this box for 11 total days.

    When we opened the box we expected to find everyone dead, but, other than moving really slow everyone was alive, not a single dead roach in the bunch.

    Now, I didn't do this test on my own, but I still call it a temperature test because it really was one :)

    As far as the normal temp we keep our little guys at, around 82F, we have found that this and good humidity of about 20-40% is perfect.

    Glad to here your colony is back to cozy :D

  4. Can those 5 liter shoe boxes keep Germans in that you know?

    I wouldn't trust Germans in anything but a tightly sealed snap on lid or one of those peanut jars with the threaded lid


    I'm not well versed on Germans, but after the comment about the tightly sealed snap on lid I can say this for the 5L plastic shoe container.

    The lids fit very tight and they are snap on, because they are a small container they are not very deep.

    I've been using this same container for many years, they are cheap and work very well for our Dubias.

    On that note, my wife lets me have them in the house, if you knew my wife you would agree that is one special container :)

  5. So glad to hear that your colony is back to breeding.

    I am new here. Loved reading the comments from so many that gave really good advice.

    One thing I wanted to add was that I have found that colonies love to be big in small places.

    Over the years I have run hundreds of personal little test colonies. The comment about the small plastic shoe box was the winner.

    We start many of our rotation colonies in the same manner. If you live in the states this is really easy to do by going to Wal-Mart and

    finding the Sterilite® 6Qt. (5.7L) plastic shoe container. Our local Wal-Mart sells them for 94 cents each and they are perfect for jump

    starting breeders.

    Anyhow, remember that packing them in is a good key, Dubias love to be close to each other. Some of my tests in really large tubs

    I have found that even when given the option of spreading out my colonies would still pack one on top of the other.

    Lastly, the comment about give it a week and get back to us was spot on,

    even with everything else that can be said about breeding, the main keys really are, pack them in, keep them warm, and leave them alone.

    Hope this helps

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