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MacinMan
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# Posted: 23 Feb 2010 00:46


Just wanted to double check if a slice of apple is ok for a cricket diet item?

I obtained a couple of fresh apples from a friend, and as i don't eat too many apples i figured i;'d give at least one to the crickets.

I've pretty much been feeding the crickets a staple diet of baby carrots with a damp paper towel for water, this has yielded healthy crickets.

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# Posted: 23 Feb 2010 01:13


Yup, pretty much all veggies and fruits are ok for them to eat


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Nora
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# Posted: 23 Feb 2010 03:16


I use apples for crix all the time - a slice of apple each day actually works really well as a 'water' source.

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# Posted: 23 Feb 2010 10:08


Maybe I'm a sucker for the latest gimmick but I was told to vary the diet of my crickets so now I'm using those orange cubes and fish flakes along with a calcium drink (gel stuff). I was amazed to find the crickets eating more of the fish flakes than the orange stuff. Has anyone else tried this or have any comments about it?

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# Posted: 23 Feb 2010 17:40


of course it is better to vary their diet, as they will be filled with more different stuffs which the frog will too benefit
i do not have crix, but I give many different veggie and fruits to my dubias, along with cat food and tropical fish flakes


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# Posted: 23 Feb 2010 19:47


Variety isn't just good - it's important. I've used a variety of grain based cricket foods as a staple - working my way through flukers version right now. There are quite a few that boast about the calcium level in the 'gutloading' formula but I still make a point of dusting. I've noticed that different sized crickets seem to eat more or less of the various food items I put in and the diet they recieve impacts growth & viability.

The whole point really is whatever you feed your feeders you are feeding your animals.

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# Posted: 24 Feb 2010 04:01


i feed my crickets apples, but they get all brown and icky kinda fast so i dont do it all the time only if i slice on up for me i throw the left over bits in. we are big veggie eaters in my house so my crickets are on a diet, of carrots, a slew of leafy greens, green beans, apples, potatoes, snap peas, peas, ect.... i think they like it


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# Posted: 24 Feb 2010 06:00


An apple a day keeps your crickets OK.

ILoveGreen
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# Posted: 24 Feb 2010 14:52


I use the orange cricket food cubes right now but usually just put in whatever veg or friut Kate doesn't eat that day

I heard oraange slices work great.


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# Posted: 8 Mar 2010 02:07


I'm not sure about a variety as much as a GOOD diet... and a good diet does tend to be more than one thing! But for the original question, yes, apple is fine for them but just remember that stuff can REEK when it goes bad (true of many fruits, tho citrus tend to last longer). That's why I don't use them. Also, fruits can be a little too wet to feed to fresh pinheads, so I tend to stick to more veggies than fruit. Not that they are bad, just that veggies tend to be easier.

As for the other diets, most of the commercial stuff tends to be crap and are basically gimmicks. The only "commercial" type food I've had recomended to me for long term breeding and raising is chicken egg laying mash - basic cheap stuff not with added whatevers (vitamins, mineral, antibiotics). I feed mine a base of veggies (romaine and sweet potatoes mostly) with a protien source, such as ground cat food, and some fish foods (not the veggie based). Go for as much organic as possible. Getting back to basics not only tends to be cheaper than the commercial cricket foods, it also makes for healthy crickets Healthy crickets make for healthy critters! It also saves me from tossing all the veggies I don't manage to eat...

As for the cricket gut loads heavy in calcium... crickets hate eating it unless it's all that is available, and it can quickly kill them so it's literally a last meal. Personally I just use calcium dust... I know the calcium going in my critters and anything that results in dead crickets doesn't sit well with me (dead crickets do not equal healthy crickets!).


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