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06-10-2005, 05:35 PM
hello. i have a 2 1/2 year old leachie female. she has been raised on the leachianus diet and gargoyle diet since she was a hatchling. she is now a very large adult, 10 1/2-11 inches and still shows no signs of slowing down in growth. i have been rearing her for breeding, she is eating a half of a tablespoon of leachianus diet everyday for the past 2-3 weeks. she will not eat anything else, but eats large amounts of the diet. can i continue to use the leachianus diet during breeding season for sucess with laying good eggs..etc??
06-10-2005, 06:23 PM
Just give her as much diet as she will eat. I am not sure if you are handfeeding her or what, but make sure she eats as much as she wants. The diet is COMPLETE. You need nothing else. My leachies have been three generations on the diet with absolutely nothing else to eat.
Happy breeding, Allen
06-10-2005, 09:06 PM
My leachies have been three generations on the diet with absolutely nothing else to eat.
What about your chahoua... what have you fed them exclusively? or do you mix it up a bit? :)
06-10-2005, 09:22 PM
All my Rhacs eat the diet exclusively and have for many generations. You won't find a cricked anywhere near my building. When I was partners with Bob at Sandfire, I would feed crickets when there was a surplus (we produced them there) That was very occasional feeding, and did not make up a significant portion of their diet. I would say they got crickets once a month. I developed the diets to make my life easier and because crickets are expensive to buy and a pain in the arse to raise. I have been in my new place for six months at this point and have not fed a cricket since... no supplements.... no BABYFOOF .... :)
People who say they are waiting for long term results before feeding the diets exclusivly or even at all, are missing the boat. I don't see how having females that were W/C in 1994 that are still thriving and producing eggs today as well as 11 generations of their offspring doesn't qualify as long term ... I am not saying that this is the only way to raise Rhacs, I am just saying that it is a proven alternative, and the more you mess with it by continuing to supplement or add lots of babyfood, the more you take a chance. There is absolutely nothing wrong with feeding insects, and yeah, your juvies might grow a little faster that way, but I am not in a race to raise juveniles, and I don't know why anyone really would be.
06-11-2005, 07:29 AM
hi allen. she eats it on her own. everyday she has been eating it and she loves it. i measure about 1/2 of a tablespoon to give her each day and put it in a small shalow dish. i have noticed the diet is making her grow at a very steady pace and se is getting very large. her parent were huge, so i would'nt be surprised if she gets over 13 inches.
06-11-2005, 02:09 PM
I understand and agree 100%.... My Rhacs have done excellent on the diet. Honestly if i didn't have other Insectivores to feed i wouldn't bother with crickets either as much(what a pain). Also noticed my adults seem to lose intrest in the insects i offer as they get older and lean toward the diets more. I know their metabolism slows a bit with age but they feed on your diets with the same enthusiasm as they did when they were younger!
I apologize i should have stated my question before more clearly. I meant to ask which of the diets you have created would you recommend feeding to chahouas, being that there is no "chahoua diet" available? ...or better yet which do you use?
As a side note i also love the fact that you don't need to worry about supplemental intake, when using the diets... :D
06-14-2005, 08:23 PM
I have read the article by Allen Repashy on switching crested to MRP using the cold turkey method. Has anyone had experience using this method with Leachianus? I have a young yellow spot Nuu Ana that does not want to try the MRP.
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