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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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I'm considering using kefir for moisture an d for, maybe, depending on what information I find about feeding it.

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My dubias destroy carrots. Sweet potato and carrots are my go to veg. I have had my culture for the better part of 20 years and have followed a few basic rules. Orange vegetable foods primarily. Sweet potato, carrots, and winter squash. And the occasional banana treat. No animal protein at all, they do not need it. Dry food consists of grains, pseudo-grains, cloud ear fungus, nutritional yeast, and red algae. All ground to a fine powder in a Vit-a-mix. No animal protein, no preservatives, etc.

I have fed a very picky insectivorous mammal and many reptiles over the years that have flourished on these dubias.

 

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