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Heres some advice on the way I have found best to store bulk crickets...

If you have a lot of mouths to feed it might be a good idea to consider buying your livefoods in Bulk. When buying bulk livefoods they are delivered in a woven plastic sack with some egg carton and a small amount of feeding bran. They will quickly eat their way out of the plastic sack so they need transferring into a suitable enclosure asap.

When I say bulk, I mean 500 large or excess, anything below this amount can possibly be housed in one or two "Kricket Keepers"

The container:, this needs to be dry and well ventilated. excess moisture and stale air will kill crickets and make them smell very bad. Heres our quick guide to creating the ideal container.

Plastic storage tubs such as the one in the photo above make excellent bulk cricket homes, You can easily store around 2000 crickets in a box suxh as this.

First of all you must lose the lid it has no purpose when storing crickets, using a lid only creates stale air and excess humidity.

Secondly we need to create extra floor space for the crickets, cramped crickets are stressed crickets this causes them to eat each other - resulting in dead livefoods.

To create more space use some masking tape to mark out a line all the way around the rim of the container to a depth of about 5 inches. Then take some rough coarse grade sandpaper and sand down the sides of the container inside. Once the sides have been sanded so that they are no longer smooth and shiney but are rough to the touch remove the masking tape. You should now have a container that has rough sides apart from a 5" wide band around the top which should still be smooth and shiney.
The rough sides will now enable the crickets to climb them, this gives them loads of space to spread out away from each other but they can climb no further than the rough surface as soon as they hit the shiney surface they are unable to jump from the sides out of the enclosure as they simply fall back into the tub.

When you receive your bag of crickets simply cut the plastic cable tie and tip them straight into the container. Use the egg carton that is inside the bag, place it flat on the bottom of the container so it creates extra surface area and a dark hiding place underneath it.

Food and Drink: at one end of the container add a dish of bug grub and a shallow dish of Bug Gel so the crickets can drink.


Obviously this wont work for locusts! but can be adpated by adding a wire mesh over the top, you can also a mesh lid if you do experience escapees. if the 5" rim is very shiney then this should be impossible to happen though.
 

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can i just add if youve got a mother like mine whos scared sh!!less at crickets as well as the rest of the family. who keeps saying that they can climb out jump out etc and the lidless approach cant do.
go buy some xxl [large] tights and wrap/pull them around and over the top/lidless part of the tub and secure with tape etc, or just go mental with the air holes in the lid.

even tho i use this method i still get shouted at. :lol2:
 
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