my Dubia colony loves oatmeal more than their roach chow

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my Dubia colony loves oatmeal more than their roach chow

Postby DorgEndo » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:57 am

Why did I even buy all this special roach chow when they love the dry oatmeal so much! I got the oatmeal for keeping some superworms around. Then a few weeks ago I gave the roaches some. They can't get enough. They eat this faster than the normal roach chows I have for them.

It is probably fine to keep giving them oatmeal as a new main food? I put the oatmeal on a upsidedown frisbee so it is a big roach feast dish. They get oranges and apples occasionally. Devlyn is still brumating but the roaches are awake. Turned their heat mat down to 79°F and they are still making new babies.

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I don't even like oatmeal. It is a bug only food in this house.
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Re: my Dubia colony loves oatmeal more than their roach chow

Postby claudiusx » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:55 am

Oatmeal is a perfect food for them just make sure you still include some fruits and vegies for micronutrients. The commercial roach chews have too much protein in them. Oatmeal has a small amount of protein in it but this ends up being almost the perfect amount.

I dont know why I haven't thought of that. I've been looking into options for a chow recipe I can use that is only at 4% protein.

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Re: my Dubia colony loves oatmeal more than their roach chow

Postby DorgEndo » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:43 am

You're right. Lower protein should be good for both roaches and my dragon. The roaches do get apples and oranges. Some other vegetables and fruits, but they show their preference for apples and oranges devouring them almost overnight. I also give them carrots regularly, even though they don't eat them as fast.

The big container of oatmeal is from Costco. No one in this house eats oatmeal except for roaches. Want to keep healthy roaches for a healthy dragon
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