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Dubia or Cricket

Discussion in 'Feeders' started by pop, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. pop

    pop Active Member

    Which Dubia roaches or crickets are best to breed them?
    Which are more nutritious?
    And best for my cwd?
  2. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Dubias far outrank crickets in nutrition and easiness to breed.
  3. Andyc3020

    Andyc3020 Elite Member

    not to thread hijack, but what about cost?

    Not to thread hijack, but i'm on my third attempt on breeding crickets. The first two times produced zero crickets. I think my temps and soil moisture were off.

    If I breed dubias, i'm going to have to hide it from my wife haha she would rather be in a room with an angry lion than a roach.
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Don't tell her that they are roaches, call em "flat rock crickets"! LOL!
  5. Andyc3020

    Andyc3020 Elite Member

    I"m not thinking it's their name that bothers her haha.
  6. TigerIvy

    TigerIvy Elite Member

    Ok tell her they are beetles and in the short term crickets are cheaper but over a long term - roaches are ten tons cheaper.

    For my herd 1k crix (24.99 on ebay free shipping) will last 2 weeks or so. If I order every 2 weeks that is nearly 2600 dollars a year.

    Two years ago I spent 600 dollars on a roach colony (Over the course of like..uhm 4 months?). Today that roach colony is worth nearly 4k. I feed my lizards, I help out friends from time to time - Current low ball prices on dubia are .10 small, .12 medium, .15 large, .20 per male, .80 per female. Each female produces between 20 and 40 nymphs a month. If I get overloaded - I sell them. I can sell them here locally for really good money.

    Some facts about roaches? Dubia and discoid in my case
    they don't fly
    they cannot climb glass, smooth plastic or stainless steel
    they are soundless
    they smell almost outdoorsy versus the nasty of crix
    "if" one escapes it will die without proper conditions
    They are easier and cheaper overall to breed then crix
    They are healthier and more filling 1 adult dubia = 8-10 large crix
    They do not bite reptile nor human
    They will not infest your house (again unlike crix)

    Something else to use with your wife? Tell her when you can sell the extra - you will give her the money hahahaha but remember they are beetles ((wink))

    PS ~ my herd is 7 beardies 12 LG and a res
  7. mayhmmaydn

    mayhmmaydn Elite Member

    Dubia beetles!! I refuse to admit they are roaches!! lol I just call them Doobies. After I got used to them.. I found the females to be beautiful.. The males.. Can still die in a flaming pit of doom!

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