Advertisement (I apologize in advance because I have no self control and make REALLY long posts) This is more or less a courtesy update for any who saw my original thread a few months back about some Madagascar hissing cockroaches I bought as feeders but couldn't feed off because of how filthy and mite covered they were. The original thread is here for those interested, but I'm making a new thread in this subforum instead of updating the old one, as they are now pets and not related to the Tarantula Questions subforum. The relatively shortened and condensed version of that thread is that I purchased 4 adult MHC (2 males, 2 females) back in September from a local pet shop by me, intending for them to be feeders for my AF A. avicularia. However, when I got them home I discovered that they were harboring more mites on them than could ever be considered healthy. About 400 to 500 mites between the 4 of them. Not willing to return them and unable to feed them off, I put them in a small kritter keeper overnight while I figured out what to do. I woke up the next morning to around 25 - 30 newly hatched nymphs as well as the original 4 roaches I purchased. I managed to separate all the nymphs from the adults before the mites got onto them as well. As for the adults, after a bit of a scrub down and a few weeks quarantined, I deemed the mites gone and the roaches able to be fed off. I fed off the 2 males, and kept the 2 females as pets. The babies were to be fed off, and perhaps a few kept as pets. THE UPDATED PART: It's been a few months and the 2 females left have never had more than a single mite or 2 just wandering on them to get to the next food source. Perhaps a month or so back, I discovered the other female had also been gravid when she aborted the egg case. In the past week, I did a rehouse and put the 2 females together with the 2 males I had as pets long before getting the mite infested batch. I also added a much smaller male and female I had recently bought. They all seem content enough, and spend lots of time interacting, hiding, and doing normal hisser stuff. The more active of the two females spends much of her time with the dominant male of the bunch, and I've seen him attempt to mate on more than one occasion. The other female is very inactive, doesn't respond immediately to stimulus and I suspect she's nearing the end of her lifespan. The male and female pair are on the rock cave, the female being the one in the back. The less active female is the one on top left by the food bowl. The active female. She can't climb very well, as both females were missing a few tibias when I got them, but she does her best to stay on the rock with the male. The less active female. She's never been able to climb, and since putting her in the new enclosure, she's hardly moved from this spot. I've got 12 of the babies left, and they're a far cry from the tiny little nymphs they were at first. The smallest 4 are about an inch in length and a half inch in width and I have them separated to be used as feeders for my boyfriend's female Dolomedes tenebrosus (if they don't molt out and get any bigger by the time she needs them). The other 8 are far too big for anything but my Avic and my A. seemani, but neither are particularly interested in food at the moment. They're being kept as pets unless I absolutely need to feed them off. Here's just a few of the larger ones. Their antennas are so long and constantly moving and they're precious. Hopefully the females live as long as they're meant to, and perhaps there will be more babies in the warmer months to use as feeders (at that point, I'll probably end up giving a few away though, as most of my Ts are too big for baby hissers). I'll probably keep this thread updated, if for no other reason than to archive this info for myself. But nonetheless, thanks to all who read through this!