Cricket Care & Breeding
Housing - It is important to provide enough living space for crickets. Otherwise, they may kill each other. For 1,000 crickets, we suggest using a 10 gallon aquarium or a sterilite tub. If you decide to buy a sterilite tub, then make sure the tub is tall and the walls are smooth, so that the crickets cannot jump or climb out of it.
Substrate - No substrate is necessary, simply provide a few egg flats so that the crickets have a place to hide.
Food - Of course, you must keep your crickets well-fed. If not, they won't be very healthy nor will they be nutritious for your Bearded Dragon. In addition, they may start to kill each other if they starve. Thus, we suggest using dry cricket food which you can purchase online or at a pet store.
Water - To provide water, you should not use a bowl filled with water as this might cause some crickets to drown or the water may spill inside of the container. Instead, it is ideal to use water crystals which you can purchase online or at a pet store.
Temperature - Unfortunately, crickets will die if they are exposed to cold temperatures. As a result, the cricket container should have a temperature around 80F. If you cannot achieve this temperature, then you may have to buy an incandescent heat bulb. Of course, be safe when providing heat (especially if you are using a sterilite tub). In other words, make sure that the heat bulb will not burn anything or catch fire.
Humidity - Crickets prefer a dry environment. Therefore, the cricket container should have low humidity.
Cleaning - You should make a habit of cleaning out the cricket container often (at least once per week if not more). When cleaning out their container, you'll want to use the egg cartons to transfer the live crickets to a temporary container. Once the live crickets are out of the dirty container, you'll want to remove all the dead crickets and stuff that should not be in there. Once you are done, put the live crickets back into their container and offer fresh food and water crystals.
Breeding - To breed crickets, they will require food, water, and the appropriate temeprature. Crickets are mature enough to breed at around 1-2 weeks old. At this age, you will want to place a small tupperware filled with damp vermiculite into the primary cricket container. This tupperware will be used for the female crickets to lay their eggs. You can identify female crickets by the long ovipositor sticking out at the end of their abdomen (it kind of looks like a stinger). They use this to deposit eggs into the soil. Anyways, you'll want to leave the tupperware inside of the cricket container for a few days. After that, you'll want to remove the tupperware and incubate the eggs (in a proper incubator or a seperate container) at 90F for around 10 days.
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Dubia Roach Care & Breeding
About -In terms of nutrition, dubia roaches are a great feeder for a Bearded Dragon. Out of all the feeders out there, we highly recommend using dubia roaches for your Bearded Dragon. Aside from nutrition, dubia roaches are extremely easy to take care of. In addition, they are not that much of a hassle. For instance, dubia roaches cannot climb, jump, or fly. Although, male dubia roaches can use their wings to glide if they fall off of something. Moving on, dubia roaches do not make any noises (unlike certain feeders like crickets) nor do they stink. Overall, dubia roaches are awesome!
Housing - We suggest using a dark sterilite tub since dubia roaches prefer darkness. Of course, you could also use a terrarium or an aquarium, but be sure to place it in a dark area or put something up against the outside of the glass to create darkness. If you decide to use a dark sterilite tub, then be sure to cut a few ventilation holes into the lid.
Substrate - No substrate is required. In fact, adding substrate will make your life harder when the time comes to clean out their container. With that in mind, all you have to do here is provide a few egg flats (positioned vertically) so that the roaches have a place to hide.
Food - Dubia roaches are not picky eaters, they will eat just about anything. However, we recommend using roach chow which you can purchase online. Aside from roach chow, you can also offer fruits and vegetables occasionally. However, do not let the fruits or vegetables spoil inside of the roach container (don't forget to take them out or replace them). On a side note, remember that what goes into your feeders will end up in your Bearded Dragon's belly.
Water -You can provide water to your dubia roaches by using water crystals which you can find for sale online or at pet stores. Aside from water crystals, dubia roaches will also obtain some moisture from their food (fruits and vegetables).
Temperature - Dubia roaches will do best if you keep their container around 75 to 90F. However, if you plan to breed them (which you might as well do because it's easy), then they will require a temperature around 90F. To achieve a temperature of 90F, you can use a heating pad or a ceramic heat emitter (CHE). Although, please be careful when providing heat. In other words, make sure the heat won't burn any of the materials that you use (i.e. the container, the egg flats, etc).
Humidity -Dubia roaches are tropical roaches. As a result, they do prefer a bit of humidity. Therefore, you can lightly mist their container at least once per day or aim for a humidity percentage around 50%. If some roaches are molting (shedding), then the humidity will help them do so.
Cleaning -To clean out the primary dubia roach container, transfer the dubia roaches (using the egg flats) to a temporary container. Next, remove all of the frass (roach droppings) as well as any dead dubia roaches from the primary container. Once you are done cleaning, it is ideal to sort your dubia roaches. To clarify, separate the baby dubia roaches from the adult dubia roaches and then place the adults into the primary container and then the babies into a separate container. Of course, sorting dubia roaches is optional but recommended.
Breeding -To breed dubia roaches, you must provide a temperature of 90F. In addition, you must provide enough food and water. If you provide these three things, then the roaches will reproduce on their own. Aside from that, we recommend having one male dubia roach per three female dubia roaches. If you have too many males, then the male roaches may fight each other until death. To identify a male dubia roach, males will have long wings on their back, whereas females will have tiny wing stubs. Moving on, female dubia roaches are mature enough to breed at around 3-4 months of age. It will take a female dubia roach one month to produce around 20-40 babies.