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Strategy for feeder colonies.

CritterKeeper79

Active Member
Thinking of starting a dubia colony. I have 16 tarantulas of various sizes. I really don’t want to use heat mats or anything. My garage stays above 80 degrees most of the summer. If I get say 50-100 dubia and leave them in the garage for the warm months, they’ll breed enough to support my tarantulas through the winter? Of course I’d bring the dubia in during the cold months. Do you think this is a good strategy. Also if the numbers get out of hand, I have friends with reptiles and one with a few tarantulas that could help me thin them.
 

Oursapoil

Well-Known Member
Tarantula Club Member
Thinking of starting a dubia colony. I have 16 tarantulas of various sizes. I really don’t want to use heat mats or anything. My garage stays above 80 degrees most of the summer. If I get say 50-100 dubia and leave them in the garage for the warm months, they’ll breed enough to support my tarantulas through the winter? Of course I’d bring the dubia in during the cold months. Do you think this is a good strategy. Also if the numbers get out of hand, I have friends with reptiles and one with a few tarantulas that could help me thin them.
Hi,
It is always a good idea to start a colony but dubias do not have the fastest growth and reproduction rate although they are (at least to me) much easier to deal with than other roaches. I would consider to up the number you would need to start with.
 

CritterKeeper79

Active Member
Hi,
It is always a good idea to start a colony but dubias do not have the fastest growth and reproduction rate although they are (at least to me) much easier to deal with than other roaches. I would consider to up the number you would need to start with.
So maybe 500 would be a good start?
 

CritterKeeper79

Active Member
The set up
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Side note, I found these in the jewelry department at Walmart. I thought they’d make good sling/juvenile water bowls.
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