Dubia Roaches -- starter colonies for sale

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  1. Sara270

    Sara270 New Member

    Dubia roach starter colonies for sale.

    $40.00 shipped for 100 mixed, mainly large adults
    $25 shipped for 50 mixed, mainly large adults

    PM me or email me at Sara270@aol.com

    PayPal accepted.
    #1 Sara270, Nov 10, 2008
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2008
  2. Sara270

    Sara270 New Member

    I still have a lot of dubias for sale. All sizes and willing to sell mainly adults. Perfect for starter colonies.
  3. Silverdusk

    Silverdusk New Member

    Sara is wonderful to deal with and completely legit. I got my first starter colony from her and they arrived in pristine shape and were packaged great! I'd gladly do business with her again.
  4. sarah777

    sarah777 New Member

    Sara, PM sent
  5. Fred McNasty

    Fred McNasty New Member

    still available? Im also in San Diego
  6. Champhibians

    Champhibians New Member

    Thanks Sarah, All 200 showed up in great shape.
  7. telkins08

    telkins08 New Member

    hey i live in orange county is it still the same price for pick up? also would you be able to meet up?
  8. Sara270

    Sara270 New Member

    Yes, I still have them available and I am willing to work out different prices for different shipping/pick up arrangements. Just PM me or e-mail me at Sara270@aol.com.

    If you are in colder locations I take care to ensure nice packaging and heat pads. Plus I include 10-20% extra for any possible shipping deaths along the way. I have had no complaints on shipping/orders to date.
  9. laurie

    laurie Retired Moderator

    Good Call! I am trying to start a colony of dubias, any help in always good.:)
  10. Grizz

    Grizz New Member

    I started my colony with 65 adults. I have about 80 babies, it took about a month before i saw the first batch of 10-15. i didn't seperate them fast enough and lost about half. i feed them cricket crack, fresh veggies, high protien grain-free chicken based dog food.(dont use dog food for ones you feed off.) i made a cheap keeper that i keep at 85F at all times. the babies get grated veggies,cricket crack but no dog food yet. here is my keeper baby roaches.jpg

    roach setup 1.jpg

    baby roaches 3.jpg

    roach keeper 1.jpg

    roach keeper 2.jpg
  11. Grizz

    Grizz New Member

    out of my 65 14 where males. before dog food i lost only two females to canabalizim. they go through alot of gel water, but if you get it from jarosek, it is not expensive. the pictured babies are about a week old. here i another pic of setup in every day state. baby roaches 2.jpg i leave top closed but cracked to help vent air. the name of dog food is B4grain, they love it and molted after eating for only a couple days. if you have more than 50-65 roaches this setup might not be enough space. roaches are used as staple by more and more people, i use crickets,supers now but will add roaches when they are large enough.
    #11 Grizz, Feb 1, 2009
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2009
  12. jukeboxpunk

    jukeboxpunk New Member

    keeping dubias

    I did not realize they were canabilistic like the cricks are. 50 females and 14 males started your colony? Those males are lucky.

    How often do you have litters of 10 - 15 dubias? Cause if there are that many females to male ratio, im surprised you do not get more offspring.
  13. Grizz

    Grizz New Member

    one about every 4 days. 7-8 or eight make it down too bottom level. yes if you dont give them enough water and protien they will eat the smallest or oldest. i have a few suspect males that i think are a differnt spieces, possibly disciods? you will know if you are getting you will see small egg sacks, that from what i have read roaches eject there egg sack and then pull it back in to jestate. i saw one or two right before the white micro babies showed up. second pic down in egg crate on left side of pic. pic is not the greatest sorry.
    #13 Grizz, Feb 1, 2009
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  14. Grizz

    Grizz New Member

    mine love green beans and snap peas. they will pull them under and leave only the back string of the bean. i get them at whole foods they are not expensive. they also like sweet potato,most fruit ,carrot,apple,melon,squash. i cant get mine to eat leafy greens but they do eat powder gut load.
  15. Sara270

    Sara270 New Member

    In answer to your questions, it is completely up to you (and your cham) if you want to replace your crickets with dubia as the staple. It is completely fine in terms of nutrition content. I guess it depends on how picky an eater you have. What I do is feed mainly dubias as the staple diet, but I also get some crickets and worms every now and again to mix it up.

    They are calm and easy to handle for feeding. They do not make any noise which is another reason they are becoming much more popular than crickets. Instead of having an escaped cricket forcing you to go "camping" at home, if you drop a roach they are easy to catch. Compared to other roaches, they are exceptionally poor climbers and cannot climb glass or plastic; they can, however, climb silicon used to seal fish tanks. Compared to crickets, dubia roaches are quiet, don't smell, don't jump out of the enclosure, are less picky eaters, are more hardy. But they mature more slowly.

    Some things about lifecycle: Gestation is about one month (28 days). The babies hatch inside the female. Between 20 and 40 live young, each about 2 mm long, are produced in each clutch. Babies mature in about 4-6 months depending on temperature and food supply. Adults live 1-2 years.

    Some say you need a lot to start a colony, but I think 100 mixed is a good starter. Some say that you should not start feeding them off right away until you have a good colony under way, but I also disagree with that. It you purchase a nice mix of male and females and start with several already adult, I say you can begin feeding off the juveniles immediately. Just remember they like it warm (over 68 degrees to breed). They are actually from really warm climates, so the warmer the better (similar to your cham). Also, you can not determine the sex of juvies, but try to save your females for breeders. Males are sort of useless. Males just eat the food and you need less in terms of reproduction.

    Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you.
  16. Sara270

    Sara270 New Member

    See response above
  17. Sara270

    Sara270 New Member

    Sorry for the delay in response.

    1. Would you recommend replacing crickets with Dubias as a staple?
    A: Replacing crickets with dubia is a preference thing on your part and your chams. For me personally, I prefer it because dubias do not smell, require way less care, don't really climb much, and most importantly make little noise (no chirping--just the sound similar to rain when they are more lively at night in their housing). Your cham's preference --self explanatory (they can be picky eaters and depends if they have an acquired taste for dubia). I still alternate some super/wax/silk worms occasionally, but dubia is my staple feeder.

    2. How long does it take for newborn dubias to grow to the 1in and bigger stages?
    A: Babies mature in about 4-6 months depending on temperature and food supply. Adults live 1-2 years.

    3. If I were to start a colony, How many males and females should I begin with? Also how many should I purchase as food while the spawn of the adults grow?
    A: I suggest 100 total, atlhough some people suggest more if you are feeding right away. From my experience 100 worked well and I started feeding from my first colony immediately. I provide about 50% adults (more than most others offer) and ~ 50% male:female ratio (most like to keep females as breeders for their own colony). This should be enough to ensure they start breeding for you right away, and if you cham is 6 months old, depending on breed, you may want to start feeding him the juvies.

    Other breeding info: They breed much better when you keep them warm & toasty. Ideal temperature range is the higher end of a 75--95 degrees Fahrenheit range. They will not breed below 68F. Mating occurs when the male deposits a sperm packet in the female. This sperm packet inhibits the female from further mating. Females then lay an egg sack, they then pull this sack back into themselves to incubate ovoviviparity. Gestation is about one month (28 days). The babies hatch inside the female. Between 20 and 40 live young, each about 2 mm long, are produced in each clutch.

    I still have them available for sale -- any quantity, size, sex distribution. Prices vary. Shipping included in price! Please PM or e-mail me at Sara270@aol.com Paypal is preferred method of payment to Sara270@aol.com
  18. Ozryn

    Ozryn New Member

    How do you tell the males from the females?
  19. Chameleonboy

    Chameleonboy New Member

    They are very easy to tell apart, the males have wings and the females have a hard armored shell.

  20. Sara270

    Sara270 New Member

    See this: Sex differences.jpg
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