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Brett
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# Posted: 18 Oct 2007 01:07


Just wondering if anyone knows what a great food for crickets are


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# Posted: 18 Oct 2007 01:11


I use Fluker's Orange Cube Compelete Diet
and i find it works the best of all the ones i've tried


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# Posted: 18 Oct 2007 01:16


Canned diet usually has a lot of calcium in it and can cause the crickets to over dose and die.

I find the best diet consists of fresh root veggies such as potatoes or carrots, or fresh hard fruits such as apples or pears. You can also use dry low sugar cereals such as cornflakes, rice crispies, cheerios, chex, etc. Dry cat or dog food also works.

I use flukers cubes for gut loading 24 hours prior to feeding. If you feed the high calcium diets much longer than that the crickets can die.


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Brett
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# Posted: 18 Oct 2007 01:27


Well i just put some small apple slices with no peeeling in will that work?


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# Posted: 18 Oct 2007 01:40


Yes, change the apple when it starts to look nasty or dries out a bit and that will provide moisture and food for the crickets.


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# Posted: 18 Oct 2007 01:55


Orange slices, grated carrots and leaf lettuce..not iceberg lettuce, though.


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# Posted: 18 Oct 2007 03:20


Carrot, apple, oats, lettuce, and any cricket gutloading product. (not to mention other crickets) They are not picky eaters.

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# Posted: 18 Oct 2007 04:31


Ground rabbit pellets and potato slices.


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# Posted: 24 Oct 2007 21:35 · Edited by: Frog Style


Nevermind ;p


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# Posted: 25 Oct 2007 03:16


When I just used the Fluker's orange cubes to feed my crickets, it seemed like a lot of them died before they could be fed to my frogs. I read somewhere that *too much* calcium can kill the crickets.

So I have two containers. I keep the majority of crickets in one, and I give them the Flukers blue water gel and Pounce moist cat treats (which they love). In the second, I only keep 5 or 6 crickets at a time, and feed them the orange cubes. That way, the frogs do get the calcium they need, but the crickets aren't killed by ODing on calcium before they get munched.

Just something to think about!


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# Posted: 25 Oct 2007 10:43 · Edited by: Jay Willis


Most of the places that You can order bulk crickets from sell a dry cricket food by the pound(maybe half pound) that kinda looks like chicken feed but I was told it's not.

I get My crickets from the local pet store in bulk, and every few weeks I ask them to add a bag of it to my order. Its only about 6 or 7 bucks and it will feed a thousand crickets for about 3 weeks with the aid of things like chunks of fruit and veggies.

When it comes to water I use two things. I use an old plastic Skoal can(same thing as cutting a plastic dixie cup down to about 3/4 of an inch tall) and fill it with some of those 3M pot scrubber pads cut to fit and just dump the water in.
I also have a cup like the other one that I was going to buy those 3 dollar "cricket saver" things in till I walked to the cat toy isle and found these little things that look like bright colored wiffle balls with a bell in it(6 for a buck). I just yanked the bell out and dropped them in the water!

By the way. I use bottled water for My crickets, not because I'm one of those "Only the best for My little babies" kinda guy, but because it's so easy to store it next to the cricket box and remind Me to check the water level often!! (just a little tip to keep Your crickets from dehydrating!)

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# Posted: 25 Oct 2007 14:26


Dont use anything from flukers. They are a terrible company. I wont go into why, just trust me on that.

I use Nature Zone crickets bites for my crickets and it works awesome. No early death and smells great too!

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# Posted: 25 Oct 2007 22:31


I typically use a diet provided by the cricket vendors usually comes in a big baggie and looks like a ground meal. You can usually get a little baggie of crystals to make a gallon of gel water, you just add the crystals to your treated water in a milk jug and it lasts for a long time. I think I've had mine for almost a year and it's half gone.

Otherwise like now when I'm out, I use potato, apple, oatmeal, fish flakes.


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# Posted: 25 Oct 2007 22:53


I've noticed that my crickets really love leafy greens, plus a little apple, oatmeal, and dog food. I used to gutload with flukers the day before feeding, but the more negative I hear about them, the more I think I'll avoid doing that again. Most of my crickets aren't with me long... a bullfog, five tarantulas, and eleven scorpions will do that to ya! Thank god I'm switching to roaches, is all I can say; an end to the noise, stink, and high death rate will be much welcomed.


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# Posted: 25 Oct 2007 23:26


I learned a simple rule: feed the crickets what you want your frog/pet to eat. Since there is little nutritional value in crickets themselves, its about whats in their belly (hence the gut load). For my RETF and Bearded Dragon that means mainly collard greens and kale. I toss in some carrots too. I restrict fruits to keep sugars to minimum. I have some Flukers Powder Cricket food around only when I run out of greens. Since we dust 1-2x/week, they get the vitamins too.

btw - The next thread should be how to move from store bought to raised (or quantity bought) crickets. Its like razors and razor blades!


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# Posted: 25 Oct 2007 23:34


I feed my Crickets Oatmeal, Leafy greens, Potatos, oranges, or pretty much what ever I have in the krisper. Oranges are a good source of vitamins and water. I use dried Fish and turtle food too...simply because I have it on hand.


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