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PostSubject: cricket troubles   10/7/2008, 5:49 pm

ok, i've been trying to breed crickets latley but there seems to be a wierd problem with a few of 'em, and I think it may be due to something i've fed them, somthing with pesticides in it. (I think it was the cellary)

some of them seem to be..." nearing the end " they have lost use of some of thier legs, mostly thier jumping legs, and will only move a little bit of you really poke them about, and they seem to be shakey. and titchy... anyway I through the wierd ones out, the rest of them seem to be ok. and I don't think it's due to age because some of the ones affected aren't even subadults yet.
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/7/2008, 6:01 pm

That sounds like the typical cricket to me. I suggest roaches
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/7/2008, 6:03 pm

Sad



they only sell crickets around where I live. I could try gettin some of the web but... I dunno.


are they that easy to breed?
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/7/2008, 6:12 pm

Put it this way I have a 10 gallon tank in my garage that had about 5 hissers that I completly forgot about since december. And as of today i have 2 adults and a ton of babies random sizes. As for the ones im actually TRYING to breed they are doing great with so far zero deaths and more babies than my bearded dragon can eat.
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/7/2008, 6:22 pm

cool, i've seen a "starter colony of 100 adults " on virgina cheeseman.
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/7/2008, 6:34 pm

Mister Internet a Admin at Arachnoboards has a ready made colony for sale. Under 200 bucks and no waiting for breeding. BTW i'm moving this to the feeder sections Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/7/2008, 6:37 pm

cool, does he do international?

btw what spp. are they?
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/7/2008, 6:40 pm

B. dubia...i'm not sure you can ask and tell him i sent you....might cut you a better deal...who knows.
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/7/2008, 6:44 pm

Hmmmm..... I think i'll leave it. i'm a little short of 200. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/7/2008, 6:47 pm

I was gonna say if your short on money he also sells adult roaches. Best thing to do is get your self 1.3 (ratio) and let them do their thing for a few months. I was short on money to so I invested 100 dollars into buying a ton of adults and left them alone for a while only feeding them once a week. Check out blaberus.com James has some quality roaches to and you can get yourself some "starter" colonies but you just have to give them time to breed.
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/7/2008, 7:06 pm

try here http://www.roachshop.co.uk/
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/8/2008, 4:45 am

A very easy low maintained cricket breeding installation:

1 BIG petbox.
2. A few egg cartoons.
3. Dog, cat or chicken food.
4. A couple of small plastic boxes filled with peat.
5. A second petbox, cover the top with fine (smaller than the pinheads) mesh.
6. Heatmat (Not necessary, but speeds up the process)

A. Fill the bottom of the biggest petbox with the animal food. Place the egg cartoons in one side if the enclosure.

B. Soak the peat in the little plastic box and place it on the other side of the petbox.

C. Add the crickets to the petbox.

D. Every 2-3 day, spray the peat in the little box if it is dry. Make sure to not soak it this time.

D. After about a couple of weeks (if you have adult male and female crickets in you petbox) change the little plastic box with a new box.(remember to soak the peat.) Place the box from the petbox in your other petbox, place the heat mat underneath. Make sure to always keep the peat moist.

It works for me, but I did not use the fine mesh, so I had to quit breeding them since my fince wanted to kill me each time there was pinheads running around in our apartment. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/8/2008, 6:36 am

only problem i see with your set uo is using the dog food, crickets fed on dog food ar not best if they will be fed to lizards, something to do with fat and protein, renal failure and fatty liver disease blah blah blah
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/8/2008, 11:24 am

Robin;
Do you have pics of the set-up that you used?
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/8/2008, 11:36 am

thanks guys. Roachshop looks good, graham, I might try that out.


Robin, I just got a big plastic bread-bin type thing, I'll use that. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/8/2008, 12:20 pm

My crickets seemed to be thriving. I've had mine establish for several months. Mine is as simple as it gets. I have a rubbermaid container with egg cartons on one side stacked vertically. On the other side I have two deli cup lids, one with my cricket mix and the other with cricket quencher. I put a small deli cup in there filled with moist cocofiber and like Robin said just make sure the cocofiber stays moist. After a couple days, I put the container into a smaller rubbermaid and wait around a week or so for the little ones to hatch.

The only issue I had was when I was using some fruit crates I bought off of Arachnoboards. Apparently they had some sort of insecticide in them. I was losing about a dozen or so a day. You also need to remember for adult you need excellent ventilations to keep them healthy.
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/8/2008, 12:45 pm

okay, I'll keep that in mind. I think ventilation may be one of the problems...

i'lll borrow a drill and put a good coupla holes in the lid and sides, or mabye cut out a big hole and cover it with thingy.... that mesh stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/8/2008, 3:29 pm

i wouldnt use a drill for the holes they can squeeze outta them pretty easily lol
try just pushing a nail through
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/8/2008, 3:41 pm

naw i'm gonna use a pretty tiny drill, you can snap it with your hand if you try hard enough.
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/8/2008, 6:09 pm

That probably won't be good enough. I had several holes on the side and I was having a lot of casualities. I ended up cutting a large hole in the top almost the size of the lid and hotgluing metal mesh to the underside. I have been quiet successful with breeding crickets so far and I just had about 2000 hatch in the last couple days and still going. I'll take pics if you like.
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/8/2008, 6:21 pm

that would be great athlon, thank you. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/8/2008, 8:48 pm

No prob. I should be able to snap some here soon. Here are some distance shots I took a while back. I've change the internal setup a little but toilet paper rolls are still the way to go for babies, with a couple pieces of egg creates.


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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/9/2008, 12:37 am

Here are some more photos. I had to take them with my iPhone so sorry about the quality.

Pinhead setup w/ a couple pinheads Rolling Eyes


Top to the pinhead setup. I usually cover this with seran wrap.


Adult setup


Top to adult setup


Bottom of the lid
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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/9/2008, 3:01 am

lycanlord19 wrote:
only problem i see with your set uo is using the dog food, crickets fed on dog food ar not best if they will be fed to lizards, something to do with fat and protein, renal failure and fatty liver disease blah blah blah
Ok, that might be true. I use only some expensive cat food to mine, and only feed them to invertebrates, but useful information anyhow. Thanks Smile

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Robin;
Do you have pics of the set-up that you used?

No, but I still have the setup, so I can try to remeber taking a couple when I get home.

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PostSubject: Re: cricket troubles   10/9/2008, 11:32 am

thanks athlon, i'll try to get some mesh at B&Q sometime, if they sell it,which they should.


thanks for the pics and info. Smile
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