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  • I use potting mix soil mixed with some pre-soaked water crystals which can be seen in another crickets thread. I use the crystals to save me having to spray 2ce per day. Good luck!
    in CRICKETS Comment by kerri October 2014
  • I had success with damp cotton wool on top of the oats in a shallow tray (take-away lid) - the mealies bury down in it and grow. I have put the carrots on top so it stays damp and needs to be replenished less often. (but watch for mold). However, pi…
  • What I love about snails is that they are the meatiest bug for the plate. Being a (low-scale) vegetarian this is what I want.
  • Tiny farms are considering breeding snails. I am Very pleased because it is harder to learn without others to chat with. Too many snail related you tube videos and advice sites are about large-scale out door farms, but all I want is to breed enough …
  • @calytrix. This has been my most difficult time... turning eggs into babies.... After that stage, then I have found WAY too many baby shells 'sans-babies'. Leave those empty shells in there (squish them to crumble) - they provide calcium for the liv…
  • @Andrew, I am so pleased. Also, to save you some trouble, I noticed, and an expert backed me on this... spraying hose water to bring out your "wild' snails to play won't work... they seem to know what real rain is!
  • In my cricket boxes I put carrots on top of the damp soil...the carrots have taken root and grown instead of withering! So when I transfer the breeding soil tray to the new box there is an ongoing food source. I LOVE simplification! (sorry snail r…
  • I have combined the idea of placing wet cotton wool into the (tiny farms) mesh bag with carrots.. placing a carrot slice on the cotton wool keeps it fresh longer. In my cricket boxes I put carrots on top of the damp soil... even better, the carrots …
  • @ calytrix - breeding season is almost upon us... hold on tight and have those dirt tubs at the ready. I'm hoping that we can finally really get into a conversation on how to keep most of the little blighters alive after hatching... Another breeder …
  • I've spent so much money already on heat mats etc that I'm not ready to pay out more. Having said that, I'm getting high snail mortality here. I'll learn the slow way... but this is the one area I'm finding difficult to get basic info and feedback o…
  • I'm starting mine in a spare room, so it was great to watch What I really need though is advice on particular questions. I might just email her tomorrow to see if she has a book out.
  • Congratulations! I have to get back on task myself and get more breeders from the garden. I just spent a week at a conference in your beautiful city... 1st time there and VERY impressed. (Great weather!). Spring has sprung and all bugs are breeding,…
  • I agree @calytrix, our local variety is apparently as good as French snails. I wouldn't want to take the risk of introducing a problem species. I've heard that you can buy banned species on the net, you may not even realise. One friend of mine got 1…
  • @Nukedpenguin, dreams are strange indeed, I also had similar when I started. It's possible that you had seen a problem but been too busy to really take it in, or that you had read, but not remembered, that they could chew through. Good catch! I love…
  • @dansitu it would be interesting to know what they sell for and if they are OK for human consumption. Both @Calytrix and I are in Australia but we could convert the $$'. They would be quite easy to mail. I've been putting paper towel in half of the …
  • Well done @Docmom !!
  • Most egg clutches have failed to hatch for a while now- they just rot. They are in clear plastic containers so I thought... eggs are naturally laid underground in the dark. So I covered the container in black tape... and they have hatched! This is j…
  • @gringojay, it looks good so far, I look forward to the updates.
  • the worm walked off in disgust, larvae still there looking bored.
  • Any ideas on how to place the wet cotton in the breeding area without dampening the oats I use as substrate? I imagine it in a plastic lid, but unsure as to whether they would find their way into it. I use the tiny farms bag system (which works well…
  • Welcome @Docmom!
  • Cuttlefish. I finally found some at a large pert store and sawed each into 1/3rds. They need the calcium for their shells... I was grinding up eggshells and using supplement.
  • Hi @Calytrix, I use about 3-4 cm (1 1/2 ins) depth of soil which works well for laying, but I still have a high rate of dead eggs... I don't think that would be soil depth though. perhaps it's because the tubs are see through and eggs should be kept…
  • @Vesp, if you didn't know the people from Tiny Farms you might make the mistake of thinking it's too expensive. I know and trust them. I worry that if they don't get paid enough for their revolutionary work at this early stage they may not be able t…
  • Yes, @Calytrix, I still use the heat mat in an empty drawer under a drawer with mealworms and that works very well, never overheats and at the moment I have my beetles in there and they are having a wonderful time chewing on carrots and having sex, …
  • @calytrix, I'm using reptile heat mats from 10 watts (about A4 paper size ) to 40 W (40x 60 cm) - now I wish I had known about the ones with temperature control because I always have to watch these ones and have overheated at times. It's a constant …
  • @calytrix, Liz, how the hell did I not think of rolling the mix? The simple answers are the cleverest! will report on my progress. You could still start your crickets, they'll just be slower growing till warmed. Consider a heat mat, I doubt they cos…
  • These are made without a press, just roughly 'sculpted' with a spoon in a patty-pan. The holes are good crawling spaces I think. Mushed bread, soaked mushy bran and and some flour to thicken the mix.
  • Last night I pressed slices of bread into muffin pans and then baked & microwaved till crunchy. They were too bulky for crickets, (my dogs like them so I'll do another batch and mix in peanut butter for them!) so today I'll mix finer for cricket…
  • @MeghanCurry, this looks similar to the "hot-house" cupboard I'm building (slowly) with pvc pipes. I plan to cover it in silver mylar and keep it outside where it gets sunlight warmth. To do this though it will need clear hot-house plastic on the to…