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post #11 of 15

I don't mean to open up an old thread, I just noticed there were some questions that went unanswered and wanted to make this thread complete as it was the first thread to show up in Google.

A good ratio to buy for these Dubia roaches are 3:1 (3 females to 1 male). Telling the gender is also very easy. The males have wings and the females don't.

 

The starting cost is very minimal. I would say less than $50. Most of the supplies you can either get for free or around the house with the exception of the water crystals(some people don't use these), and egg crates/egg flats. I highly recommend this YouTube video as a good guide.

 

 

 

Also, if you enjoy raising these critters to feed your girls and boys, you can also look into starting a small raised bed garden and grow all your dog, chicken, and roach food from it. Just an idea. Cheers.


Edited by worldinatunnel - 4/6/14 at 8:36am
post #12 of 15
Are they bred for feeding? I think I'll stick with mealworms. Just the thought of roaches kinda freaks me out. Are they a good feed source or something?
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Originally Posted by realsis View Post

Are they bred for feeding? I think I'll stick with mealworms. Just the thought of roaches kinda freaks me out. Are they a good feed source or something?
Yes they are fed to chickens as a protein source, some people make their own chicken feed with them as well. The upside is that they breed very fast and can be fed table scraps, no odor (unlike crickets) can not fly or climb, if they got out they would die within 24 hours. This breed is not equipped to survive in a home like cockroaches. You don't have to touch them either, just use a scoop or cup. They also stay alive and easier to keep alive unlike crickets.
post #14 of 15

Worldinatunnel makes a lot of good points. Plus Dubias have come down in price a lot over the last couple of years. I know this is an old post, but if anyone is looking to get started with dubia feeders, a good place to start is discountdubias.com.

post #15 of 15

Dubia roaches are far better than crickets or meal worms.  They're actually better than a lot of worms and other feeders but this depends on your reptile.  If you're looking for what to feed your reptiles you can check all their diets here: http://werockscales.com/guides/diet/

 

Below are all the Dubia roach guides from an overview to breeding them. They're awesome for your reptiles. They don't jump, bite, smell, fly, or make noise. We feed our bearded dragons and geckos dubia roaches and they love them, so much so our beardie doesn't even bother with the crickets any more. They're a great staple food. 

 

http://werockscales.com/food/dubia-roaches/

 

http://werockscales.com/guides/breeding/dubia-roaches/

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