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UK breeders, where do you buy your live food from?

Discussion in 'Bearded Dragon Breeding' started by bertie1606, Jul 27, 2017.

  1. bertie1606

    bertie1606 Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hi, just a quick question as to where is the best place to bulk buy live food for hatchlings? I knew it was going to cost a small fortune to feed them but wondered if anyone had any recommendations for quality but low cost crickets?
    Thank you!
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    PatsyB Super Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Try bluelizardreptiles.co.uk

    One of the UK people in my group recommended them for dubia awhile back.
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    BeardedHippy Bearded Dragon Veteran

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    Sounds daft but, have you looked on Ebay? There are some good breeders on there, just check the reviews before you buy. You will save a lot of money compared to some Ive seen online, especially for dubias
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    bertie1606 Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Thank you, I'll take a look at that website and eBay. Approx how many dubia will hatchlings eat in a day?
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    BeardedHippy Bearded Dragon Veteran

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    Baby (up to 1cm) dubias are the most expensive, I buy 220 (about £24 inc delivery)at a time and my two will go through those in a week. It gets a bit more cost effective when your beardies are big enough to eat the next size up 1-2cm (220 for £20 inc delivery), they will last me 2 weeks, at least so far. Crickets are way cheaper, i just dont like them. Of course like most things, the more you buy the cheaper they get. The cheapest option though would be to start your own dubia colony.
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    Dubia are also meatier than crickets so where you may go through 200 dubia a week for a baby, you would go through triple the amount of crickets. I remember buying 1000 crickets a week when mine were small! I really wish I would have used dubia.
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    bertie1606 Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Thank you all for your replies, as I have 20 eggs incubating I have just set up a colony of crickets to breed, if it works it will save me loads of money! I don't fancy breeding roaches so I'll probably just buy some every couple of weeks just to mix it up for them! It's a good job I've been saving to do this lol!
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    cool, some small advice- put the crickets where you wont smell them, they are stinky.
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    Hdrydr31 Bearded Dragon Veteran Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I hope you have better luck breeding crickets than I did...it was soo hit and miss sometimes the pinheads would survive, some would hatch and then wham total die off..They are very fragile and very sensitive to odors and temp changes just a FYI.. I ended up buying in bulk from armstrong crickets I had a rescued house wren so that is what she ate so for 5 years it's what I did..
    Roaches omg WAY way easier and faster than than crickets.
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    bertie1606 Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Thanks, I will give it a go with the crickets, if it doesn't work I may give the roaches a go!
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    Hdrydr31 Bearded Dragon Veteran Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Well if you end up with any questions I'd be happy to help where I can advice wise..
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