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    I had been buying crickets every other week to feed my one crestie that would eat bugs, but I just got three new additions yesterday, and have 4 more waiting to ship, and buying bugs at petsmart is going to get expensive!

    I really hate crickets, theyre icky and smelly, and as much as I'd prefer to keep dubia, right now its just not an option. So how can I keep a lot of crickets happy enough to keep them alive for a few weeks?
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    I use large rubbermaid tubs from Walmart. Cut a big square out of the lid and hot glue a piece of screen to it. I use paper towel rolls inside, and paper towels on the bottom, CGD as a gutload and lettuce for water. Then to feed, just grab a role of crickets and shake it into a bag w/ calcium. I use the same setup for dubias. The crickets smell horrible; nothing you can do about that. No smell at all from the roaches, but I have some animals that just won't take them. I highly recommend keeping the crickets in the basement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandarenee View Post
    I had been buying crickets every other week to feed my one crestie that would eat bugs, but I just got three new additions yesterday, and have 4 more waiting to ship, and buying bugs at petsmart is going to get expensive!

    I really hate crickets, theyre icky and smelly, and as much as I'd prefer to keep dubia, right now its just not an option. So how can I keep a lot of crickets happy enough to keep them alive for a few weeks?
    I keep them in a bin with holes through top. As hot as my garage gets 6/7 months a year they thrive and breed .

    So just keep them in a bin with cardboard tubes,egg carton etc. You do not need a big bin but do add egg carton, hide areas.

    "smelly"

    YES , lol.

    I keep them clean by wiping the bottom of bin every couple days with wet paper towel and scoop up that filth for plant fertilizer but wow it smells.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarichter View Post
    I use large rubbermaid tubs from Walmart. Cut a big square out of the lid and hot glue a piece of screen to it. I use paper towel rolls inside, and paper towels on the bottom, CGD as a gutload and lettuce for water. Then to feed, just grab a role of crickets and shake it into a bag w/ calcium. I use the same setup for dubias. The crickets smell horrible; nothing you can do about that. No smell at all from the roaches, but I have some animals that just won't take them. I highly recommend keeping the crickets in the basement!

    Noelle
    "The crickets smell horrible"

    That rancid cricket waste with dead crickets and all is one of the best fertilizers I have ever used . Granted outside only lol.

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