Dead dubias :(

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Dead dubias :(

Postby Dragonmamiof4 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:39 pm

As the colder season approaches and the temperatures drop, dubias are becoming harder to find/get with these being my dragons staples, its a hard departure. We will be saying bye bye to roaches until the weather gets warmer. Whats an alternative insect to a roach that we can use as a staple?

My dragons range from 8in-17in :)
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Re: Dead dubias :(

Postby VenusAndSaturn » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:55 pm

If you want/could you could breed them, all it takes is a 60 quart tub, greens for food, maybe a wet paper towel for extra water, egg crates or paper towel tubes empty, 75-80 temperatures, air holes on the lid or top sides and then 5 females and 1 male if thats all you can find. Though 25 females and 2 males would be better. And then just make sure their fed good and cared for and then they eventually will produce babies and in the warmer seasons just buy a few more when you can, keep adding to the colony to make it larger. And then feed off the medium sized ones or if you have to many adult males feed off those once the colony is a good size.

Though crickets would be the next easy thing, i'd say get two tubs 60 quart and 90 quart and some egg crates. 60 quarts for a smaller size of cricket and then 90 quarts for medium/large. Give them some collard greens or any healthy greens and they should be good to go but of course harder to breed than dubias if you wanted to do that.
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Re: Dead dubias :(

Postby Dragonmamiof4 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:58 pm

VenusAndSaturn wrote:If you want/could you could breed them, all it takes is a 60 quart tub, greens for food, maybe a wet paper towel for extra water, egg crates or paper towel tubes empty, 75-80 temperatures, air holes on the lid or top sides and then 5 females and 1 male if thats all you can find. Though 25 females and 2 males would be better. And then just make sure their fed good and cared for and then they eventually will produce babies and in the warmer seasons just buy a few more when you can, keep adding to the colony to make it larger. And then feed off the medium sized ones or if you have to many adult males feed off those once the colony is a good size.

Though crickets would be the next easy thing, i'd say get two tubs 60 quart and 90 quart and some egg crates. 60 quarts for a smaller size of cricket and then 90 quarts for medium/large. Give them some collard greens or any healthy greens and they should be good to go but of course harder to breed than dubias if you wanted to do that.

Hello!
We have a dubia colony at the moment with about 10 females 5 males but they just aren’t producing fast enough to feed all the dragons :( I fear parasites and diseases with crickets.
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Re: Dead dubias :(

Postby VenusAndSaturn » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:26 pm

You could feed off 3 of those males, usually a 1 male to 5 female ratio is whats best or the males will sometimes cannibalize or stress the females out. Or at least thats what ive seen, i used to have babies go randomly missing, like there was a lot in there and then suddenly there would be fewer and fewer until i realized i only had 9 females and 17 males. So i had to feed off almost all the males and now my colony is doing better than ever with 50 or so females and only 2-3 males.

Crickets do come sometimes with parasites.... but usually its curable and easy to get rid of. At the moment my colony is too small to exactly feed off so i have to order crickets and i havent had much of a problem yet.
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Re: Dead dubias :(

Postby PodunkKhaleesi » Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:13 am

BSFL (also known as Phoenix worms or reptiworms) are one of my absolute favorite feeders. They’re rich in calcium, have no hard exoskeleton, and require no food or maintenance. I order online from Fluker’s and Symton, but I know pet stores are starting to carry these as well.
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