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What do YOU feed your roaches?

There are lots of post on the internet, and on this forum about the best foods to feed feeder roaches. I feed mine vegies like green/red leaf lettuce, green peppers, sometimes a little spinag, apples, bannana's, and cat/dog food (which is in there at all time. I keep turks and dubia's. How about you?
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Homemade higher protein roach chow that is good for gutloading as well. And fresh veggies (over 15 kinds, but not all at once.)

Cat/dog/fish food is no good in my opinion. You have to take the food away, wait 3 or so months while they are feeding on gutload, and then they have less protein in them. It's better for your lizards.
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Homemade higher protein roach chow that is good for gutloading as well. And fresh veggies (over 15 kinds, but not all at once.)

Cat/dog/fish food is no good in my opinion. You have to take the food away, wait 3 or so months while they are feeding on gutload, and then they have less protein in them. It's better for your lizards.
Really? What recipe do you use for the chow? And I am assuming its available at all times
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I use kelp powder, carrot, squash, sunflower seeds, alfalfa, dandelion leaves, melon, romaine, oranges, spirulina, ... essentially the same things I use to gutload crickets.

I would suggest NOT using much dog food, cat food, or fish food. I would also limit the banana and spinnach.

Dog, cat and fish foods can have high amounts of animal protein and fat, and usually contain pre-formed vitamin A and vitamin D. All of these things should be limited or controlled. Banana has four times as much phosphorus as calcium (the opposite of what you should aim for). Spinnach contains high amounts of goitrogens and oxalic acid.

You might find these links helpful:
http://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs...utloading.html
http://www.chameleonnews.com/05JunDescamps.html
http://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs...ober-2010.html
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http://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs...l-information/
http://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs...oad-foods.html

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I feed them roach food.
does the occassional cricket crack work or no?

i fed my dubias only veggies and some orange slices, but didnt think of adding the crix crack for my dubias as well, since i keep crix and dubias
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I use kelp powder, carrot, squash, sunflower seeds, alfalfa, dandelion leaves, melon, romaine, oranges ... essentially the same things I use to gutload crickets.

I would suggest NOT using much dog food, cat food, or fish food. I would also limit the banana and spinnach.

Dog, cat and fish foods can have high amounts of animal protein and fat, and usually contain pre-formed vitamin A and vitamin D. All of these things should be limited or controlled. Banana has four times as much phosphorus as calcium (the opposite of what you should aim for). Spinnach contains high amounts of goitrogens and oxalic acid.

Thank you for the suggestion. sounds like you really know what your talking about! Do you mix all these foods together and keep it in the fridge or feed them separately?
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Do you mix all these foods together and keep it in the fridge or feed them separately?
Vegetables can quickly loose vitamin potency if left in the fridge for days. So for the fruits and vegetables, I provide them fresh as possible. I usually give them one type of thing each day, and I like to switch up what I offer every day, thus providing a variety of nutrients to the roaches and thus to the chameleons. But some people do mix a "salsa" of various veggies and fruit and freeze in cubes.

For the "dry" stuff, I do premix a batch every couple months. The recipie changes a bit each time.
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does the occassional cricket crack work or no?
i fed my dubias only veggies and some orange slices, but didnt think of adding the crix crack for my dubias as well, since i keep crix and dubias
I've read many people say they give cricket crack to their roaches. I bet it couldnt hurt to add to the mix
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