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Posted by FroggieB on April 24, 2003 at 15:13:07:
In Reply to: please read..... posted by LindsayMarie on April 23, 2003 at 14:36:40:
The only problem I see with bran or rolled oats it that they arenít a balanced nutrition. I feel it is better to feed something that has a good vitamin balance. Thatís why I donít try to create bedding, I leave the diet stuff to the professionals. They know what they are doing better than I do!
I have my best success breeding mealworms on Chicken Layanna (layer mash). You have to be careful to not let it get damp as it will get moldy making the worms unhealthy food for your reptiles. It is very nutritious and contains a good amount of calcium for egg production. A lot of worm breeders use layer mash because it increases egg production in the worms as well as with chickens! I have never had a shortage of mealworms and even sell off a few here and there. The mash can be found in either pellets or crumbles. I prefer the crumbles but they aren't available where I am living now so I am using the pellets and they seem to be just fine too.
As for the veggies, I find they eat apples, carrots, leaf lettuce and summer squash the fastest of any veggies I have offered.