This is what works
for us in caring for 500-1000 shipments of crickets
Pictures can be found at http://public.fotki.com/theldara/husbandry/bugs/
Please see these additional
resources for alternate means of keeping crickets
http://cricketfood.com (view the Insect Care
(Cheri S from
I highly suggest
the two links above, what I have below is merely an adaptation of the two
above. The more effort you put into keeping healthy, well fed, clean crickets
the better the results you will see in your dragon! While I know the food I recommend
can seem costly at first, by the time you properly make a gutload
by hand youíll have surpassed the cost, plus youíll have to order crickets more
often as they die faster. Iím not one for parting with my money, which is why
you will rarely see me advocate using a product, but I heartily stand behind
the cricket food and would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat! And no, Iím
not a paid spokesman, LOL.
New information, per Cheriís
efforts above, has come to light about cricket care. Please read her page as
- Various Sized
Rubbermaid (depending on size of crickets)
- Clear Packing Tape
- Drink Trays from Fast
- Toilet Paper and/or
Paper Towel Rolls
- Small paper plates
- Dry Cricket food (I
highly recommend www.cricketfood.com
or Zoo Medís Adult Iguana food or even Dry Cereal)
- Stalks from Dragon
- Fresh Orange Slices for a safe
- Clean Rubbermaid with
water Ė be wary of any chemicals because the residue can kill crickets!
- Go down about 3-4
inches from the top of the Rubbermaid and ring the entire thing with one row
of clear packing tape, horizontal to the bottom of the container. This
prevents crickets from walking up the sides and escaping.
- Take a drill and drill
holes for air into the top of the Rubbermaid and the sides above the tape
line (not below!). Drill however many you want, we didnít do all that many
and have had fine results.
- Make sure Rubbermaid is
VERY dry and clean.
- Place 2 small paper
plates on the tub floor for dry cricket food and orange slices.
- Now, put a bunch of TP
rolls on the bottom there. Tear apart the drink trays into the 4 cup
sections; use those in the bottom too.
- When crickets arrive,
dump them in and put their egg crates on top of the TP rolls and allÖ this
kind of covers up the food a bit, but its fine
since its not touching the foods.
- Daily, using the stalks
from the morning salads or fresh salad from the fridge, put these in the
cricket tank on one of those little paper plates (I generally put these on
the top of the egg crate since its easy to get to quickly. Each evening
(or every other day even) remove the plate and
replace, so that the greens do not rot, stink, and kill the crickets.
Store Crickets in a environment that maintains 70-80*F and is free of
Keep all pesticides away from crickets
Remove leftover veggies daily, replace oranges every few days
Keep crickets very dry!
Change out the TP rolls and drink trays once a week or so, this cleans
out the poop very well!