Newbie question on handling feeders

tyrael113

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Hello. Just getting started in the hobby with my first two slings (t. vagas and g. pulchripes), both about 1cm or so.

Since I only have two tiny slings they won't eat much. The seller I got the slings from gave me some free b. lateralis nymphs (maybe about 30 or so?) in a small deli cup. I potentially have weeks worth of feeders based on recommended feeding schedule but don't know how I should handle them. Can I just keep it as is and take some out as needed? How long would they last in that condition?
 

DomGom TheFather

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As long as they have some harborage, ventilation, food and water they'll be fine. Keep them warm. They'll last until you feed them all off. 🙂
You can give them a little bit of dog, cat or fish food and a small piece of carrot to fulfill their dietary needs.
What size is the deli cup? Is it ventilated? As crazy as it sound, do you have a picture?
 

Almadabes

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depending on how many are in there, it should be fine as long as you give them everything dom mentioned.

You can give them water by always keeping a clean fresh veggie in there. Just easier to keep clean than a water dish imo.
Change the veggie out before it goes bad - I keep a Tupperware with cut-up veggies in the fridge and just switch it up every day.
but if you use root-type vegetables they'll last a little longer.

I have one single orange head roach that was left after a feeding and I'm kind of fond of him.
He immediately goes for whatever fresh food I put in, like a fatty.
I just can't bring myself to feed him off :depressed:
 

tyrael113

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Thanks your responses are encouraging. Feeders are the part of the hobby that gives me most anxiety at the moment but maybe it isn't so difficult after all. :)

The deli cup is about 0.5in deep,1.5in in diameter, and not particularly ventilated. Based on your comments I figure I will just transfer to a ventilated container, add some food/water and then just transfer again when I feel the wastes are accumulating too much.
 

DomGom TheFather

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Thanks your responses are encouraging. Feeders are the part of the hobby that gives me most anxiety at the moment but maybe it isn't so difficult after all. :)

The deli cup is about 0.5in deep,1.5in in diameter, and not particularly ventilated. Based on your comments I figure I will just transfer to a ventilated container, add some food/water and then just transfer again when I feel the wastes are accumulating too much.
Even the little nymphs can't climb smooth surfaces. You could put them in almost anything. Give them a small piece of eggcrate or those beverage holders made from recycled paper and your good to go. For non climbers, I keep small colonies and nymphs in stuff like this.
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For the amount that you have you could use a larger deli cup or one of those containers you get soup in from a chinese place.
Hope this is helpful.
 

tyrael113

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Couple of weeks later and still have a few roaches left over, but they've grown a lot! LOL. I think may be too big for my slings now. Do you think I can just feed half? Or should I go out and find appropriate sized feeders?
 
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