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Not dubias, but it's a struggle to get any of my roaches - particular my E. posticus - interested in plain old fresh, chopped carrots. The other night I threw in some leftover tinned baby carrots and they were a lot more popular. Ditto with duestas. Maybe because they were softer, and had a higher water content?

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1 hour ago, WarrenB said:

Not dubias, but it's a struggle to get any of my roaches - particular my E. posticus - interested in plain old fresh, chopped carrots. The other night I threw in some leftover tinned baby carrots and they were a lot more popular. Ditto with duestas. Maybe because they were softer, and had a higher water content?

Interesting... then what veggies do you usually use?

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I experiment with most things, barring brassicas and peas. Tried them with mushrooms recently, too. They loved them. They're fond of apple and sweetcorn also.

But I'm still trying to get them onto carrots. Especially when the supermarkets here had them (and parsnips, and other things) marked down to mere pennies before Christmas!

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On 1/27/2022 at 12:44 PM, WarrenB said:

I experiment with most things, barring brassicas and peas. Tried them with mushrooms recently, too. They loved them. They're fond of apple and sweetcorn also.

But I'm still trying to get them onto carrots. Especially when the supermarkets here had them (and parsnips, and other things) marked down to mere pennies before Christmas!

Sticking with your soft and moist idea that worked with the baby carrots, I tried some small cucumbers that I had lying around. I figured since millipedes and isopods go insane for them, my roaches would react similarly. I saw a much better feeding response! And while the only food that they have even completely finished was celery, they reduced the cucumber to half of it's original size overnight!

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Glad it's working out! I don't know if 'soft and moist' is foolproof, though. I've got two types of melon receiving a lukewarm response, currently. Maybe I should pick up a cucumber or two...

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