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Im sorry if this was already answered in the 39 pages of posts (admittedly I only read to page 8) how many breeding pairs should I start with for only one dragon that is almost a year old, hes probably any where from 9 to 11 months.
 

Trogdorpheus

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Well my girl will eat (when she's eating... brumation, semi- or otherwise sucks) anywhere from 3-5 large nymphs at a time. She's about the same age as yours, so that puts it at maybe 35-40 a week. Given that adult females will give birth to about 30 at a time in ideal conditions... once every 2 months. That puts you at maybe needing a birth rate of 120 per month, so really if you waited to feed until your first round o' babies was big enough to feed off then you would probably be ok with maybe 10 adult females to start, but then again... the more the merrier since circumstances are never ideal. After all... your dragon might have an appetite larger than mine. I have about 80 adult females... and seeing as my girl will not be eating much for a few months... I expect that number to climb dramatically.
 

nair88

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Bballglass12":1d5ce5sw said:
How do you guys heat your colonies. I know people use heating pads but they dont make them anymore unless they are auto shut off.
you can still get the ones without auto-shutoff but not many places sell them anymore. i bought this one from amazoin and it works great - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FGDDI0/ref=oss_product

i believe that rite-aid and walgreens may sell models without auto-shutoff as well.
 

hammerhead

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I just bought a couple at CVS for $15 each that had no auto-shutoff, 3 temp settings (plus I used a 20% off coupon).
 

DoubleJ

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Gradually getting my bits and pieces for my roach colony. Just dumped the few roaches I have already in there, and they are really happy. It's only a handful as I bought them as immediate feeders rather than breeders. They seem really happy in there. Gonna buy me a load of adults and mixed sizes next.

Didnt think I would ever hold a roach except with thick gloves, but I held one the other day and it was no big stress. i actually pick them up now and love the feel of them on my hand, I also really like the scritching sound they make as they scurry around their home.

Does the above make me sound slightly insane?

Not sure about picking up fully grown ones - these ones are medium sized - but figure it cant be that different can it? :mrgreen:
 

nair88

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DoubleJ":2xxyj448 said:
i actually pick them up now and love the feel of them on my hand, I also really like the scritching sound they make as they scurry around their home.
i know exactly what you mean. i love the feel of them running around on my hand - kind of soothing actually. and yeah, that scritching sound makes me happy. i almost feel bad knowing that they are eventually going to be food, lol.

DoubleJ":2xxyj448 said:
Does the above make me sound slightly insane?
yes it does, but i think a bit of insanity is needed in life in order to be truly happy :-D
 

DoubleJ

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nair88":3u5xk3d0 said:
DoubleJ":3u5xk3d0 said:
Does the above make me sound slightly insane?
yes it does, but i think a bit of insanity is needed in life in order to be truly happy :-D

I totally agree :) And on this forum I have many who share this special form of insanity.

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