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How to breed wood roaches (Woodies)

Discussion in 'Diet and Feeding' started by bushy, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Aussiepride83

    Aussiepride83 Administrator
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    Yes mate.
     
  2. Bentaz

    Bentaz Juvenile Turtle

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    Cheers mate.
    I must say, my wife was absolutely delighted when I informed her I was planning on breeding cockroaches!
     
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  3. Aussiepride83

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    Tell her you can always buy them weekly for $7+ / tub... That's only $364/ year...
     
  4. Bentaz

    Bentaz Juvenile Turtle

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    She'd just use that as justification to spend more on the bloody horse.
     
    What size holes did you drill in the bottom of your bin?
     
  5. Aussiepride83

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    I didn't mate, it's a wheelie bin, I just fitted a tap to the bottom of it.
     
  6. Matty-j

    Matty-j Sub-Adult Turtle

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    Mmmmm Woodie juice! Straight from the tap, I bet it goes down a treat. ;)
     
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  7. Ianomcdonnell

    Ianomcdonnell Jeronimo

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    Thanks Craig, not a bad idea at all! Might give it a go. Although I'm looking at another post about yabbies being bred in a tyre from the yabby breeding sheet forum on this. So busy with moving house I'll decide soon...
     
  8. marlaxx

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    Hey! Just wondering if anyone has mixed worms in with their woodies? I'd love to get a dual food source happening, but I'm not sure if the worms would eat the babies.
    Planning on setting up a compost bin (like what Craig posted on the first page) with mulch/veggie scraps.
    -Also Craig, how do you keep spiders out of the bin? Do they not eat the woodies?
    Thanks!
     
  9. Aussiepride83

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    Hi, don't mix worms with the woodies because you have to dig for the worms and you'll disturb the woodies too much. Use a separate worm farm for the worms.

    I've had the odd spider in the woody bin but it's nothing to be concerned about.
     
  10. AndreaR

    AndreaR Hatchling Turtle

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    Hi,

    I haven't been breeding woodies as such, but maintaining a batch I bought from AA (feeding and changing their accommodation regularly). This morning I noticed a large one with wings, is it an adult female, male? Will it fly away given the opportunity?

    Thanks Andrea
     
  11. Aussiepride83

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    Once woodies have wings they are adults and able to breed. They can fly but won't if there's no need to. If you keep them well fed and cared for, they've no reason to leave. You can't tell males from females except that females carry an egg case and males don't.
     
  12. matty_g_8

    matty_g_8 Sub-Adult Turtle

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    What did you use to build up the base of the wheel bin? Just picked up one
     
  13. Aussiepride83

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    G'day mate, I'm not 100% sure I fully understand what you mean... if you're asking how did I start the bin off from scratch, I basically just added an entire bale of sugarcane mulch from Bunnings. That half filled the bin, then I just added my kitchen/compost scraps to it daily along with empty egg cartons and cardboard rolls.
     
  14. matty_g_8

    matty_g_8 Sub-Adult Turtle

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    Hey mate, Yeah that is what I was after. All sorted now cheers.
     
  15. Daniel Parry

    Daniel Parry Juvenile Turtle

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    I'm also looking into breeding woodies or crickets, just had a question though, which one of the two are better for a turtle's diet? I'd like to breed both but I don't think the wife would approve of me breeding a heap of insects. :laugh:
     
  16. Aussiepride83

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    Woodies are definitely better for turtles. They're easier to breed, live 4 times longer, (12 months) and thrive on neglect. Crickets only live for 3 months, are cannibalistic, very demanding and time consuming.
     
  17. Daniel Parry

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    OK, excellent thanks.
     
  18. smoyle

    smoyle Adult Turtle
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    To clarify, I think Kev meant "woodies are better".
     
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  19. Aussiepride83

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    Yes that's correct, sorry, I stuffed that up. lol :D
     
  20. smoyle

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    Ah well, first time for everything. :)
     
    Does anyone else have an issue with fruit flies in their woody bin? If so, any suggestions on combatting them?