odor control for crickets HELP

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odor control for crickets HELP

Postby jacody » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:15 am

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quick question-- wanted to order from premium crickets-- they offer a "odor control" powder to put at the bottom of the cricket keeper to cut down on the smell, they say it is safe for the crickets to eat, but what about my dragon?? has anyone used this exact powder from them and is it safe or questionable?? it is vermiculite. any other suggestions to keep the odor to a minimum that is safe?? obviously the keeper will be in the house, but how bad does it smell say for a 1000 crickets at a time and would last for 1 month also do they grow each week and should i just get 500 if they do wouldn't they start to chirp AND have wings at the end of a batch (plus be way to big for a dragon that needs 3/8 size??)??
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Re: odor control for crickets HELP

Postby MrWhite » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:22 am

I don't know about the powder, my guess would be baking soda :wink:

I buy 1000 3/4" crix at a time and keep them in two sterilite bins with six 2" holes cut in the top. They do smell somewhat but it's not as bad if you keep them well ventilated, remove dead ones, and keep their food fresh. My 1000 crix only lasts about two weeks between my piggy breadie and die off.

if this is your first bulk order, I would buy 500 and try it out. That way you can get a good feel on how long they will last and how to control their odor.

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Re: odor control for crickets HELP

Postby jacody » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:29 am

thanks for the response-- i notice you live in mass- i'm in southern NH, do you know of any local cricket farms so i can save $$ on the shipping?
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Re: odor control for crickets HELP

Postby MrWhite » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:36 am

no, I don't know of anything local. I get my crix from http://www.millbrookcrickets.com I've had pretty good success with their crix. I am probably going to try these guys next http://www.hungrylizard.com, they seem to have a little better prices.

I'm trying to get away from crix though, I've started my dubia colony last week. seeing that you live in southern NH, if my colony takes off, I might be able to get you started as well if you want. probably won't be for a few months thouugh :wink:

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