Hello everyone, I have decided to start a Dubia Roach colony with or without my husbands approval. I know crickets have the least amount of protein for Bearded Dragons, and if I can talk the husband in a monitor in a few years, we will have to have them. Naturally, I have alot of questions.
First, I use a very very high quality dog food for my pitbull the main ingredients in it are all stuff I would eat myself. It literally has 24% crude protein (ill post a picture of the ingredients below). However, I just read on another forum post, that you dont want to feed them this stuff. I can get the chick starter feed, no problem, but what else do I feed them?
Second, what kind of substrate should you use for them? I know they need the egg crates just like crickets, but I am not sure what would be best to use for substrate.
Third, What temperatures do I keep them at? I have flexwatt heat tape, Im getting a large opaque bin, and they will be kept in the basement so it is dark, but it is also cold down there until I get the reptile room built.
Finally, who do you guys order your starting colonies from? The weather here in Ohio is very wierd. Our favorite saying is, "Dont like the weather? Stay a day or two" if that tells you anything. It can literally be 95 degrees one day and 75 the next.
Sorry for the kinda long post, I now do not trust youtube (or petstores) anymore as anyone can post pictures or video's when in reality they dont know squat.
(On a side note, I was at petsmart getting a undergravel filter for my aquarium. Walked by the reptile section, as I am sure most of everyone reading this does. This kid I went to school with was showing the Bearded Dragons to this couple. They asked how old they were. He said he had no idea. (He knows I own herps). The girl from the cash register yelled, "they are 5 months old". These dragons were probably no more then 4' long from nose to tip of tail. My eyes got about as big as half dollars...... Had to share.)