Thinking about starting a dubia colony... Advice please?

Discussion in 'Chameleon Food' started by SomeRandomPerson, May 17, 2011.

  1. SomeRandomPerson

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    Hi guys Im starting to not like crickets.... They smell like hell -.- so I was thinking bout dubia roaches? I have a fear of roaches but that's not gonna stop me from buying them ;) anyways how do I start a colony anyways? I heard it's SUPER easy to take care of and MUCH cleaner than crickets.... I would love if someone would give me really good details on how to raise a dubia colony :) thanks guys
     
  2. SomeRandomPerson

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    Oh yeah and where is the best cheapest place to buy them?
     
  3. Drew V

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    I recently started a colony (new to the roaches to), you wont regret it. They dont smell, and are so easy! they've been in the same container for over a month without cleaning and still just smells like coconut fiber!
    They are pretty slow and cant climb so you dont have to worry about escapees like crickets :mad:
    Just feed them, and keep them warm (like 90-95)
    i started with just 100 mixed mediums about a month ago just to try it out and i haven't been disappointing! im starting to see little babies in there now!

    watch the classifieds on here many people trying to thin the herd :D
     
  4. Chamifornia

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    I saw a couple people on ebay that sell them for the cheapest I have seen
     
  5. suzi

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    I just started a colony and my chameleons don't like them ( I am bummed) you might want to try feeding them some before starting a colony just to make sure, I wish I did
     
  6. SomeRandomPerson

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    How many do I need to start one? It's like 10$ for 10 :s
     
  7. jdog1027

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    Getting a colony to kick off and really start producing takes some time. The more you start off with, the quicker your colony will start to grow. I would say start with more like 100.
     
  8. suzi

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    I got 10 breeding pair ( 20 adults ) a month ago and am starting to get babies now. I guess it depends on how many animals you have to feed.
     
  9. PrettyInInk87

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    I started with a few females and a couple of males and didn't start getting babies until a month after... I slowly started buying and adding more Dubia to the colony and it has gotten a lot bigger. I have had my colony for about 5 months but I am still letting it establish. It'll take a while but it'll pay off in the long run, still waiting for that "BOOM" people keep talking about. :D
     
  10. ktravelet

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    I started with 5 breeding pair and 50 mixed. The breeder was awesome enough to give me females that were about to birth. It took a few months for me to feed them all off.

    I bought 5 more breeding pairs (10 total), and 50 more mixxed. My colony went absolutely nuts. There's no way I will ever have to buy a feeder again.

    I just use oranges to feed them. No water at all either.
     

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