Dubia Roaches on chicken feed pellets

FireGuy

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Hi, I need some advise on weather to feed my dragon some dubia roaches that I received yesterday. The roaches was purchase off amazon from dubiaroaches.com. Roaches are approx. 1" but the issue I'm have in mind is that there where chicken feed pellets in the travel bag. Would those pellets increase the roaches uric acid? Also should i tried to detox the roaches on veggies/fruits for a few week or am I fine to feed them as is? Any advice would be appreciated.
 

Killa J

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It doesn’t look like there’s a known exact amount of protein to feed dubias. According to dubiaroachdepot.com, a study done on a different roach species found 25% to be the sweet spot. The chick feed I use is 17%, the Repashy Bug Burger I was using is 13%. The same article said that lower protein levels were fine, but reproduction and growth were slower.
 

Hatchi

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Alfred AKA The UlanBaby
Hi, I need some advise on weather to feed my dragon some dubia roaches that I received yesterday. The roaches was purchase off amazon from dubiaroaches.com. Roaches are approx. 1" but the issue I'm have in mind is that there where chicken feed pellets in the travel bag. Would those pellets increase the roaches uric acid? Also should i tried to detox the roaches on veggies/fruits for a few week or am I fine to feed them as is? Any advice would be appreciated.
If you think that the roaches have been exposed to chicken feed pellets, you should definitely return the roaches and demand a refund. The chicken feed pellet exposure could cause some health issues for your baby.
 

Claudiusx

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25% is definitely too high of a protein diet if you're breeding the roaches yourself. If you're buying young roaches from a breeder and feeding them off, it's not really an issue. Uric acid builds up over time, so in young dubia it isn't as much of an issue. But if you're feeding larger-adult dubias, a high protein diet like that definitely will cause a high build up of Uric acid.

I don't recommend anything over 12% protein for dubias. My colonies get around 6-8%.

There are a few threads on this topic i've posted on where I go more into detail if you're interested.

-Brandon
 

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