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The ones that are almost to old to sell, so they put them in a bag for $1 or so.

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Well the colony ate almost a whole loaf of bread last night, so I'd say a smashing success.

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Raising mealworms (darkling beetle larvae) can be done reasonably easy on a smaller scale. Use bran or dry compost material as a food source. Be sure to provide a water source in the form of carrot slices or potato. Once the larvae pupate, be sure to separate them, as they can become cannibalistic! If you require mealworms on a larger scale: www.ofbug.com Hope this helps!
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Kassaundra, and anyone else who raises dubias--how do you clean their "habitat?" and how often?
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Good question.

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I seldom clean mine, and then it's mostly to sort them out. I made a "roach strainer" by cutting the bottom out of a plastic dishpan and hot melt gluing 1/4" hardware cloth to it. You still may have to pick some of the babies out of the small debris, but this will get about 80% of them.

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Excuse me for not reading through the whole thread. But please, if someone may answer these questions. 

 

How long for the females to give birth? And how often will they?

 

How do you harvest them to feed? And what are you harvesting, a random mix? This is unclear to me despite what I have read.  

 

So am I right to think - you get a big, dark, hot container, fill it with dubia, feed, maybe water, fill with whatever hides you want, no cleaning, after X months you start scooping feeders out?

 

I'm wondering, why aren't other roach species as popular?

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You mentioned sorting them, you are feeding off the young and keeping the old ones, right?

 

And the bias against crickets is surprising, they seem so easy to me! Although they do smell bad.

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