Ihaggerty1313 Posted September 17, 2008 Share Posted September 17, 2008 What's up guys I'm new on here. My bud and I are going to be breeding some snake and lizard species very soon. I've also wanted to get into breeding feeders as well. We're focused on B. Dubia right now. A: we'll need some for our own animals. B: we've already got some clients who will gladly buy LARGE lots of Dubia Roaches off us. Which will fund our other scaley investments. So I got 1,500 roaches from 3 different people online. I won't mention any names but one of them was far superior in quality, shipping and customer service. I'm new to keeping Roaches but I have a wealth of study into them and feel very comfortable keeping them. Here's my set up 3 - 22 gallon bins w/ 500 nymphs in each sorted to size. 2 of the bins are holding med to sub adults the other is the nursery for all the "pinners" that were shipped. All 3 sellers shipped me pinners w/ their orders. Sorta pissed me off because it takes a while to grow them and I specifically asked for no pinners and no adults, which was agreed to by 2 of the 3 sellers but that's beside the point. They have a constant supply of Roach Feed, Water Crystals, and fruits and veggies. I made the roach feed myself, and they've been eating everything from Baby Carrots, collared greens to apples, pears and oranges. This may sound crazy to offer them fresh food all the time but I'm a little obsessive w/ producing the best roaches out there as I want our lizards to be primo. Anyway these suckers have been growing at an astonshing rate w/ minimal deaths (most came a week after shipping. I've had them for 1.5 months and only lost 15 roaches!) They started popping about 3 days ago and I've gotten 14 males and 6 females. All I could find is a 35 gallon tub so I've been transfering the adults daily and keeping a log as I will feed off the excess males to a couple of our mascots. I plan on keeping a 3/1 ratio of females to males. All my settings are correct and these things are doing great! I just witnessed a couple of them mating about 1/2 an hour ago. So this is my question. What is the best way to collect the nymphs? We aren't talking about a project yielding a few thousand roaches. We're planning on breeding in excess of a million which will take a little while to get going but I think we can accomplish w/ ease and patience and then who the heck knows how many from there. Also how important is getting different bloodlines w/ roaches. This seems to be a grey area. I started w/ 1,500 of them to get the feel. Now we're looking at purchasing another 10,000 to jump start a couple super colonies. Figured I'd give you guys the whole story since this is my first time communicating w/ all of you. I've been reading this forum for a few months and really dig all the great people and great info. However my main question is the collection of nymphs. How often and the most efficient way. I don't want to be picking thru tons of roaches and disturbing them any more than I have to. Thanks for any info! -Ian Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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