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    I think my leopard gecko's going off locusts. She's not been terribly interested in them from the beginning. I don't think she much likes things that hop :')
    So I'm thinking of changing feeders and I know a lot of you use and love dubia roaches. I've no interest in setting up a colony at the moment, but what would I need just to keep roaches to feed her? What do I need to feed the roaches? What size should I look at getting? Is there anyone who can recommend a site to get them from in the UK?

    I've found Rick's Live Food which does small (Up to 5mm), medium (10-12), medium large (14-1 and large (15-25). I'm guessing I'll need either small or medium?

    I've also read that they need some quite particular heat/humidity needs - is this just for setting up a colony or just to keep them alive?

    I've read through some of the topics I found on here about roaches but I'm having real issues getting all the info straight in my head and everything I find online seems to be more about breeding them :/

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    If you do not want to breed, room temperature is fine for them so long as it does not get below 68*F(don't feel like converting to Celsius). You can feed them like you would the crickets or locusts, give them egg crate, a roomy home and they are good to go. I've been keeping roaches for a few months now and I love the quiet and no hassle of running to the pet store every couple of days for crickets. I just recently got into breeding them and I've seen some chunky looking females that are ready to give me some babies

    I would say small or medium. Medium large and large are close to 2 inches and mine won't touch anything bigger than an inch. @Zux can recommend some places to get dubia from, he's in the UK.
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    My mum will be glad to see the back of the locusts, they keep finding ways to escape :')

    Sounds like they're pretty easy to deal with! Are they good with the beardie pellets too then?
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    Yes I feed mine beardie pellets. I think I might try chicken feed with them soon.
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    I cannot recommend Roaches enough, I keep between 4-5 different species at any one time and its worth noting there are other species available (at least in the UK) which are just as easy to keep, breed and care for.

    Red-Runner Roaches for example I keep and feed in the exact same manner as I do Dubia and others. The upside to these guys is they max out as adults about the same size as an adult cricket and establish themselves much quicker in terms of breeding than the live bearing species do. They are also voracious eaters so gut-load exceedingly well and are the softest bodied of any roach species Ive kept so far. The downside to Red Runners if there is one is they are aptly named in that they are very quick runners and will readily escape the clutches of 'slower' eaters if not slowed in the same way one would a cricket for example.

    As for Dubia and all my roaches for that matter I purchased them from a specialized roach enthusiast / vendor based in Dundee in Scotland (to ensure the base stock for my breeding groups was pure and healthy) with whom I can put you in contact with if you'd like. Otherwise I have purchased from Ricks Livefood in the past also with no problems.

    To answer your questions about just keeping some roaches around as feeders, you can do that at room temperature in any smooth sided tub and they will do just fine as-long as your room temperature doesn't get too cold, they will begin to die off if exposed to low temps. I would highly reccomend purchasing a good diet to give them 24/7 though, many people here use and I have used in the past the bearded dragon pellets though I have since switched to http://www.repashy.co.uk/lilly-exotics/bug-burger , simply boil some water, add three scoops and mix, then stick in the fridge to cool. This makes enough to feed my four colonies for a week. I slice it and serve daily and there is 0% waste / spillage / mess.

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    Just took this a few minutes ago. He was being apprehensive with that one because when he grabbed it and did his head shake, a leg fell off and it ran behind one of the hides and I had to fish it out.

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    A simple basic set-up
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    Enjoying a treat of some Repashy CGD.
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    You spinning the Dubia made me laugh Jess because its just like me trying to get my females to eat all winter !!
    Those pics also reminds me about the CGD, how well do they eat that stuff? Its full of goodness so if they eat it readily id buy some just for gut-load purposes (I'm weird and collect anything to do with insect nutrition).
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    It's like this...

    My milkshake brings all the bugs to the yard and they're like its better than yours...damn right its better than yours....

    They literally annihilate it if I feed it to them every once in a while. They go bonkers over mango, apples, blueberries and carrots.
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    Red runners would definitely outrun mine, I think! She gives up chasing mealworms sometimes, lazy beggar! Thanks so much for all your information, guys. I think I'll get a small amount to try her on and if it goes well go on from there!

    Love the roach spinning, Jess. That's basically what she's like with locusts except it takes a good 10 minutes for her to decide she'll eat it, if she decides to :')
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