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Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Drawbow, May 16, 2012.

  1. Drawbow

    Drawbow New Member

    Hello everyone , I wanted to introduce myself and thank everyone for the great information I have read over the last few weeks. I just today received my fist colony (5000). I feel like a a new father all nervous. Hopefully i can post some pictures of my set up in the future.
    Just to make sure everything is Ok I would like to ask a few questions:
    1. I bought some pet bedding that has backing soda ad dative ? Will this harm the beetles? I did not use because of not knowing. I used cotton wadding and newspaper.
    2. At I placed beetles in the tank at noon with two hot dogs and two paper towels sprayed with water, in the last 9 hours I have not seen many eating or drinking, estimating maybe 100 on only one of the hotdogs. My temp is 79-80 and humidity is around 40percent, I have a exhaust running the entire time. Should they be eating more? Will they take some time to acclimate before they really start to eat? How fast should a colony of 5000 in different stages eat two hot dogs?
    Thanks again for all the great info and hopefully someone can subside my nerviosness with answers to my questions. Looking forward to contributing in the future.
  2. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    I only eat hot dogs at a picnic, and only if I have to.

  3. lol now thats funny. dont worry, the children will start eating soon enough.
  4. fogbound

    fogbound Member

    They will settle down and adjust to new setting in a day or so. I don't think the baking soda will hurt, but I'd put a small amt of beetles in a seperate container with beddding overnight and just see. If all is well, bedding should be fine.
  5. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    I use shredded newspaper. Also not sure about the baking soda but you might want to test it first as Fogbound said. Might be ok for the adult beetles but harm larva or eggs. I have a document shredder so I dump it once in a while and just run newspaper through it. Give them time to settle and maybe start with one hot dog, cut in half lengthwise. Set it on a piece of cardboard so it doesn't get into the bedding. I do the same thing with skulls. set them on cardboard which is on top of the bedding.
  6. Guus

    Guus Member

    I use no bedding at all, the frass builds up quickly enough to provide a layer where they can pupate and take it easy if they want to. I once tried a hot dog in the beginning, but I found it worthless, they eat meat and fat, not all the crap that's put in a hot dog. Get scraps while butchering deer or any other animal, my beetles eat moose all year round if they need other food than small skeletons.
  7. Guus

    Guus Member

    Oh, and welcome here! :)
  8. Drawbow

    Drawbow New Member

    Thank you for all the replys. I do have some prepared meat ready to give them, I think after work today I will give that to them.
  9. coop1212

    coop1212 Active Member

    I like my temp alittle hotter around 85 . For some reason when I start a colony. Fish does the best for me. Only small peices at a time.stinks bad when I gets old. Welcome to the forum and as long as your don't get your feelings hurt easy, you will be fine.
  10. yep, fish works good for starting out. my favorite for the hatchlings is brains. anyone know where i could find a brain? :D
  11. lizardguts

    lizardguts skull collector

    A nice fresh skull and a spoon? =D
  12. Voltrax

    Voltrax New Member

    Don't forget to clean that spoon before you use it again. ;D
    There are many unused brain's walking on the streets. Just ask anybody and You will find your brain!
  13. mike98

    mike98 New Member

    I don't use substrate either.

    Welcome to the forum!
  14. Drawbow

    Drawbow New Member

    Thank you everyone. I am a week with the beetles and I am starting to feel better, I gave them a fox skull on Sunday and they are just finishing it up. There is a little brain left that I did not get out. A question I have is should I put another skull in while they are finishing the first, or let them finish the first one?

    Another question I took notice to is in the last day I took notice to a bunch that have bored into the foam blocks and do not seem real active, are they getting ready to change into beetles?

    I sure am enjoying the new addition. Family photos are scheduled this weekend!
  15. mike98

    mike98 New Member

    They are turning into pupae.
  16. RBlack

    RBlack Member

    They will finish it. The more food they have to eat the more the will reproduce and flurish.
  17. Derrick Bentley

    Derrick Bentley New Member

    Hi Everyone, I am new to beetles and have been reading the threads over the last few weeks, lots of great info, thank you. I just started my own little colony and have been building them up now for about a month with scraps of game meat. I put the lower jaw from a deer in and they made short work of it but they are now a little slow finishing it up. I put a doe skull in just to make sure everyone had lots to eat but I’m curious if I should have made them finish the jaw before giving them more. I live in Canada (Alberta), it’s cold and dry here so I built a little insulated dog house in my garage that I can control the temperature with a space heater as well as put 3 little reptile pads under the terrarium. My humidity is constantly very low so have been giving them cricket jelly and I’ll occasionally spray the meat with water. I’ll attach some pictures so you can see the setup.

    so, my long winded question is: should I make them finish or keep adding when they slow down?

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  18. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    If anything, adding something fresher will draw them away from the older stuff. They might be slowing down because the tissue is drying out. Try soaking the piece in water that you have added ammonia to. Let it soak long enough to soften the tissue again, shake off the extra liquid and present it again. The beetles are attracted to the ammonia smell and should finish it. A drier tank is better because too high a humidity encourages mites and other undesirables. Do you have any styrofoam in there for them to tunnel into to lay eggs? Hopefully you are not using red cedar shavings used for small animals.