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BlakeDeffenbaugh
06-18-2008, 03:49 AM
Does anyone culture common house flys for gecko or chameleon food? Or know of any good sites for info and to buy them?

feedersinc
06-18-2008, 03:36 PM
on a few of the frog forums i am on users have fruit flies, i also have a small guide on my site. If you want the forums just pm me.

BlakeDeffenbaugh
06-18-2008, 03:42 PM
I've cultured fruit flies. I'm looking for the common house fly, or maybe even horse flies. Bigger, meatier, and its amazing watching geckos chase them around.

feedersinc
06-18-2008, 03:46 PM
Oh, i dont know then sorry

jabberwock486
06-18-2008, 05:44 PM
well there are a few reason why cultureing these just isn't done. although they are good food they are very messy and if they escape they will annoy you far more than fruit flies.

i have done it and will tell you it isn't that great of an idea. the first time you have several escape will be when you decide to kill the project. not to mention how nasty a tub of maggots looks, even if using proper food.

BlakeDeffenbaugh
06-18-2008, 10:24 PM
Oh, i dont know then sorry

All good man.

Jabber, I've never heard of people using them in the country but I know the Germans seem to like them. Figured it would give a new type of food and give them a challenge . . .make them work for it you know.

geckodan
06-18-2008, 10:51 PM
There is an info sheet on their culture on my website. They are quite a good food.

BlakeDeffenbaugh
06-18-2008, 11:09 PM
THANK YOU DANNY!! I seen yours before but I couldnt remember who had it for the life of me. Would you say they are a better food source than crickets?

geckodan
06-23-2008, 01:45 AM
THANK YOU DANNY!! I seen yours before but I couldnt remember who had it for the life of me. Would you say they are a better food source than crickets?

Depends what you are feeding and what you are feeding it to. Crickets are higher in protein and lower in fat but maggots/pupae/flies have significantly better Ca:P ratios. If fed in large amounts, some maggots will pass through undigested (but this happens with crickets too). My preference is using flies for hatchling geckos, maggots for small dragons and maggots/pupae for small skinks.

BlakeDeffenbaugh
06-23-2008, 01:50 AM
Depends what you are feeding and what you are feeding it to. Crickets are higher in protein and lower in fat but maggots/pupae/flies have significantly better Ca:P ratios. If fed in large amounts, some maggots will pass through undigested (but this happens with crickets too). My preference is using flies for hatchling geckos, maggots for small dragons and maggots/pupae for small skinks.


I just like watching geckos do tricks trying to catch the flys. Makes them work for their food. I'd still use crickets but mix it up a little.

clarksgeckos
11-11-2008, 12:55 PM
Blake,

There is a guy in Oregon that breeds common house flies. I believe his website is like Oregon Feeder Insects?? I have used him before. I think that if you set up the fly cages like Danny's and could come up with the right feed, temps and humidity you could use his fly pupae to start your own colonies. I would not believe that it would be that hard.

Hope that I helped.

Your good friend,
Clark
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Bonehead
11-11-2008, 11:59 PM
You many also want to check some of the insects classifides. I have a friend of mine who keeps large cultures of house and green bottle flies as food for his mantids. He produces large numbers of them and has everything down with them. Only problem I see is that they are not the flightless type, which would be easier to deal with!

Paul