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PostSubject: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/16/2008, 2:33 am

it was very easy to make. I just cut the tops out with a dremel and hot glued the screen in. 3 weeks now and pretty successful.

Setup


Pinheads


2 week old
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/16/2008, 10:22 am

What do they lay their eggs in?

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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/16/2008, 11:12 am

it looks like there might be a lil pot of dirt in each enclosure
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/16/2008, 12:05 pm

I have cocofiber in a small container in the adults cage. I then transfer it to the pinhead cage. Even after they hatch they like to stay in the container. So I keep it wet and I get a few stragler crickets that usually hatch.

So there are three cages: adult, pinhead and everything between 2weeks and 1/2inch
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/17/2008, 1:01 am

So the adults seek out the substrate? That's pretty cool.

Looks like you've got a nice system that's easy to clean. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/17/2008, 10:12 am

that is very good!!!
But I would never willingly breed crickets *shudders*
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/17/2008, 2:36 pm

i hate crixs so much but my dad wont let me rochs they wil invest the house he says bla bla bla
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/17/2008, 2:38 pm

damn thos ruthless roaches constantly investing in our properties haha, sorry i know you mean infest

i breed my crix in a thing like this, i found the guide helfull
http://skylab.org/~chugga/cricket/
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/17/2008, 2:59 pm

thats quit a good guide, i might try breeding crix, cause i cant be arsed having to trek p the pet shop every time i run out. the only thing is they STINK.
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/17/2008, 3:04 pm

yeah they can stink but what you do is, order a bunch offline, cuz then if ur luck you will get some ( fuzzie wuzzies ) weird lil hair catepillar things, anyway these things eat cicket poop and dead crix, i have loads so my colony doesnt smell much, oh and having sawdust on floor of the enclosure masks the smell abit
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/17/2008, 3:17 pm

cool. ive always seen "fuzzy-wuzzies" but i never knew what they were.
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/17/2008, 3:32 pm

yeah there pretty odd lil things dunno there real name, but alotta ppl just call them fuzzy wuzzies so i just followed. But yea if you can get some they really do help keep them smelling a lil nicer
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/17/2008, 6:43 pm

They're dermestid larvae. If they're the wrong species they'll eat your food and preserved bugs. Other species are used to clean the flesh off of bones for skeletal displays.

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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/20/2008, 7:52 am

I tried breeding crickets but now I just can't be bothered.. Besides.. Running low on crickets means another trip to the pet shop... !
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/20/2008, 7:59 am

thanks mike i noe knw there real name but im still gunna call em fuzzy wuzzies
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/20/2008, 12:27 pm

my colony rarely stinks. It did when I first started it up because a lot died. I originally didn't have enough ventilation. Just about 20 holes in the sides. After adding the huge screened opening they did much better. I clean it out one every week or so.
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/25/2008, 12:28 pm

well i might have some pinheads myself. i put a few adults in a wee box and i saw one sticking that tube thing into the substrate.
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/25/2008, 2:02 pm

i watched a female lay eggs last night. im glad im changing the substrate this weekend!
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/25/2008, 3:51 pm

scorpion111 wrote:
that tube thing

It's called an ovipositor. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/25/2008, 3:52 pm

i just found that out lol. i was looking up ootheca.
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/25/2008, 3:59 pm

isnt a ootheca what matids keep there eggs in?
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PostSubject: Re: Some pictures of my cricket colony   7/25/2008, 5:12 pm

yep. roaches have em too.
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