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rae
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# Posted: 12 Sep 2010 22:02


Well, I have been feeding my crickets Fluckers dry cricket food and Fluckers cricket quencher, but since we need to get a new batch of crickets I decided on experimenting. Instead of feeding the normal stuff I am going to try a chunk of potato, a carrot, some dog food and a very shallow water dish. I will change the food for fresh when it starts to go bad.

I wanted to try this because I have read that the Fluckers food gives too much calcium and causes the crickets to die faster. Normally( while using the Fluckers food) I have about 4 dead crickets each week, so I wanted to see if this works better.

But I have a question can the skin to he potato go in there also? And, should I sprinkle calcium on the potato?

Thanks.


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# Posted: 12 Sep 2010 22:47


Potatoes and Carrots can work, but I'm not 100% about dog food. You should be fine with those two items though.


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# Posted: 13 Sep 2010 01:30


yeah, someone else posted a thread when they were concerned that a pet store they purchased crix from was feeding their crix turtle pellets. the crickets were fine with it seemed & i would think it would be ok for just a batch for our frog pets but i most def wouldn't make it a habit.


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# Posted: 13 Sep 2010 06:41


Carrots & potatoes work the best for me.
I'm sure they would eat the dog food but the smell will surely be horrendous. (from the cricket's feces and uneaten food)
Most of those commercial cricket diets are junk.
The potato skin is fine. I wouldn't worry about feeding the crickets calcium; just make sure you are dusting the crickets when you feed them out.


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froggz37
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2010 07:37


I would stay away from the dog food as well. Unless your purchasing a 6-star brand there are many things in dog food you don't want in your frogs let alone your dog.

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# Posted: 13 Sep 2010 14:12


I just started to use gut load from mike novy...I believe it's repashy brand. That's what he uses and he recommends carrots for the water source. His frogs grow fast and healthy, and I'm starting to see it in mine


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rae
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2010 19:43


Thanks everyone, and I guess I won't be going with the dog food (i think i read somewhere that it could be used, but i guess that place had the wrong info.) Anyway thanks again and I will see how this new diet will work out.


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# Posted: 13 Sep 2010 20:49


no need for a shallow water dish. they will get their water from the potato or other veggies.


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rae
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2010 20:55 · Edited by: rae


Ok so we got the crickets, which we get from Petsmart (since I only have 2 frogs I don't order them and I get 24 at a time from Petsmart, which lasts like a week) anyway, when I dumped the crickets into the container I have for them, I noticed this really freaky looking thing that I think is some kind of caterpillar, it is fuzzy and blackish brown and the size of medium sized cricket. I took it out of the cricket container and I have it in this old yogurt container that has a top, and I poked hoes in it w/ a sewing needle. I have it there right now w/ a piece of egg carton, a sliver of potato, a sliver of carrot, and a clover (since it is a caterpillar type thing I thought that it might like that).

EDIT: Thanks ILoveGreen, I decided after I posted this that I wouldn't put that in, but thanks anyway


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sandyleew
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2010 21:16


24 crickets lasts you a week? What size crickets? I have 3 gray tree frogs and they go through 50-60 a week.

rae
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2010 21:19


I have two grays, I feed them each about 3 or 4 small/medium crickets every other day.


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# Posted: 14 Sep 2010 00:57


You can use dog food, but like I said the quality matters.

I started researching it a few years ago and now my dogs get Taste of the Wild, a 6-star brand. I do use the kibble in the blender with spirulina for my roach chow. But I would NEVER use purina or pedigree.

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