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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 6 Mar 2010 13:43


I was at Petsmart yesterday and they had bird food, for parrots & macaws on for half price. I was wondering if this would be something i could feed my dubia rockroaches?
It was some sort of Fruit Flavoured pellets, they were colourful. I'll see if i can find out what brand they are when i'm there today.

froggz37
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# Posted: 6 Mar 2010 19:10


It could be a supplement, but higher protien foods are best.

FwoGiZ
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# Posted: 7 Mar 2010 07:40


I tried giving mine some wild bird food once and they didn't want to eat it... dunno bout parrots food tho


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kerokero
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# Posted: 8 Mar 2010 02:50


Wouldn't that just be like feeding them cereal? I thought they needed foods more along the lines of dog or cat foods that have more protien based, not grain/cereal based. Look for half price cat kibbles!


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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 8 Mar 2010 03:37


It was fancy parrot food that cost regular 20-30$ per bag. It was on sale for half price becuase it was a discontinued line of food, i just wanted to know if it would make a suitable "other" food sourse for the roaches. I picked up a bag of kitten chow for them with 40% protien today for like $6.00. The bag of kitten chow is the same size as the bag of parrot kibble. I just wanted to know if i could safely feed this to my raoches, or would it have some wierd side effect like turn them purple or something.

Anytime cat and dog kibble is on for half price here, usually means it has gone bad, or is about to go bad. Now i've seen what happens to my dogs when their kibble has gone bad, and its not pretty.

FwoGiZ
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# Posted: 8 Mar 2010 06:26


Some pretty experienced frog keeper used to tell me that dog food wasn't very good for dubias and actually pretty much anything including the dog..
Cat food is good and I specially like tropÓcal fish flakes.


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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 8 Mar 2010 12:48


Mine slowly eat the cat food. They go crazy for fruit type things, mellons, apples, carrots, bananas, etc. I figued that they might actually enjoy the parrot kibble as it was a fruit based pellet.
I'll go though my fish food supply and see what is not popular with them and supplement with that also.

kerokero
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# Posted: 9 Mar 2010 01:49


At $20-30 a bag, unless you have a parrot you're also feeding it to I think it would be $10-15 not well spent.

I figued that they might actually enjoy the parrot kibble as it was a fruit based pellet.

Fruit flavored pellet may be more likely - much of those foods are like fruit loops for birds. Kinda scary to figure out how some of these foods are made, which is why I've always stuck with the idea of keeping parrot foods (and honestly, human foods as well) as raw as possible. You can't do better than the real fruit themselves

Some pretty experienced frog keeper used to tell me that dog food wasn't very good for dubias and actually pretty much anything including the dog. Cat food is good and I specially like tropÓcal fish flakes.

As for the dog food being not that great for anything including a dog... a lot of cat and fish foods are like that too! It's amazing what is sold as "food"! That's why the food that I use for crickets is a really nice organic cat or dog food... handy that I know someone who has cats and is super into healthy, real foods, and my parents have very nice grain free organic dog food I snag from as well Look for the ones with words you can pronounce that aren't heavy in grains. They tend to be more expensive but your critters are what they and their food items eat.


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froggz37
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# Posted: 9 Mar 2010 03:14


I agree. You cannot consider all dog/cat food brands equal. They are not. There is no comparing a corn filled bowl of alpo or purina, to something like Natural Balance, solid gold, or blue buffalo. HUGE quality difference.

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