Lesson 4- Wet Food and Water Requirements
Wet Food and Water Requirements
Wet food (vegetables and fruits) and moisture must be made available to cockroaches at all times. If water is not freely available the breeding efficiency of your cockroaches will reduce or they will die.
Fruit and Vegetable types; Generally speaking vegetables are better than fruits as they last longer and don’t ferment as quickly. Most vegetables can be used including, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower (and leaves), and beans. Root vegetables are superior to green vegetables as they contain a high nutrient/energy ratio and will generally last longer. The standard vegetable mixture I use are equal quantities of carrot and sweet potato due to their longevity, price and availability. I supplement this mix with other household leftovers. Vegetables to avoid include apple cores (seeds contain cyanide), avocado and citrus.
We have a lot more to tell you about how often to feed and things you should avoid feeding your cockroaches. There is too much information to give you in a single email, but you can get all the details from our Food and Water Requirements page.
Traditional Food and Water Containers
There are a number of ways that people use to provide food and water to their cockroaches (bowls, water crystals, cotton wool etc). Unfortunately many of these methods often get dirty and unhygienic quickly, or need to be topped up daily for a large active colony. An active colony in a 70L (18.49 gallons) container will drink 700ml or more (16.91-23.67 oz) of water/week in hot weather.
For full details of traditional methods to dispense food and water see our Food and Water Containers page.
Efficient Food and Watering Dispensers
Some web sites show how to build some basic water and food dispensers, but I have found them to be unstable (fall over) or not reliable. Water dispensers often stop working as they develop a vacuum when the water drains. There is nothing worse than lifting a container for cleaning and having 500ml of water spilling onto a thick layer of detritus which needs to be scooped out. It is very frustrating and makes a messy job even messier. A stable, reliable, cheap and robust food and water dispenser system is essential….luckily we have spent years refining our design, and have worked this out for you.
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For full details on how our Food and Water Dispensers improve breeding efficiency see our Food and Water Containers page.
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