Container for Supers

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Container for Supers

Postby DragonPete » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:19 am

Anyone use an empty cat litter bucket for bugs or worms? 🤔
Just got 500 Supers and they won't fit in the smaller container I've been using but I know I have an empty litter bucket in the barn. I use them for various things.
I don't want to have to go to the store to buy a container.
Thoughts?🤔
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:35 am

That should do. I used to keep them in a small tupperware tub.
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby DragonPete » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:49 am

CooperDragon wrote:That should do. I used to keep them in a small tupperware tub.

Thanks hon! Tupperware type storage container is what I'm using now but it just doesn't seem big enough to add 500+ to.
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:20 am

500 would get crowded in a small container (I'm thinking shoebox sized) They'll probably be happier in the larger one. Do you have some oats or grain to fill it with?
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby DragonPete » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:33 am

CooperDragon wrote:500 would get crowded in a small container (I'm thinking shoebox sized) They'll probably be happier in the larger one. Do you have some oats or grain to fill it with?

That's what I thought. Yeah I have oats. About half a large container, plan to get more next store run. Have carrots. 👍
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby MrSpectrum » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:38 am

DragonPete wrote:Thoughts?🤔

A couple. I'm not familiar with litter buckets, but...
Supers can--and will--eat through polypropylene.
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Recycling/plastic code 5 (PP) = polypropylene

I reused a BSFL container to store/house supers, and they ate around existing air holes enough to escape.
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RED = Large enough to crawl through__YELLOW = They're working on it

Just make sure the distance between the top of the oatmeal and the inside of the lid is further than the longest super worm. :wink: On second thought, the supers can also climb the walls; I've found them under the rim of the lid...

I also wound up putting the above container (along with other feeder containers) in a plastic (yes, polypropylene :roll: ) dishpan as an additional "security measure" to thwart escapees. :laughing6:

Not positive, but I believe Tupper® is also polypropylene. :dontknow:

I'm still using polypropylene containers (half-gallon size sherbet tubs) for storing supers because we had so many of them, and re-using still makes sense over buying something else. It's not the material that is the problem--it's the preexisting holes. :wink:
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby DragonPete » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:46 am

MrSpectrum wrote:
DragonPete wrote:Thoughts?🤔

A couple. I'm not familiar with litter buckets, but...
Supers can--and will--eat through polypropylene.
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Recycling/plastic code 5 (PP) = polypropylene

I reused a BSFL container to store/house supers, and they ate around existing air holes enough to escape.
[Click image to enlarge]

RED = Large enough to crawl through__YELLOW = They're working on it

Just make sure the distance between the top of the oatmeal and the inside of the lid is further than the longest super worm. :wink:

I also wound up putting the above container (along with other feeder containers) in a plastic (yes, polypropylene :roll: ) dishpan as an additional "security measure" to thwart escapees. :laughing6:

Not positive, but I believe Tupper® is also polypropylene. :dontknow:

I'm still using polypropylene containers for storing supers because we had so many of them, and re-using still makes sense over buying something else. It's not the material that is the problem--it's the preexisting holes. :wink:

Well shoot! Both the litter bucket and the container I'm already using are #5 recycle. But they also can't get to the lid. The buckets are maybe 2-2.5 gal? Holds like 30# of litter. Worms would be no where near the top, hadnt even planned to use a lid on the bucket because of air flow.
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby DragonPete » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:51 am

What about plastic 1 gallon ice cream bucket/container with lid? Could put holes in lid I suppose? Litter bucket may be overkill.
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:28 pm

That might be a good size if it's the right kind of plastic. I didn't know about the #5 issue.
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby DragonPete » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:33 pm

CooperDragon wrote:That might be a good size if it's the right kind of plastic. I didn't know about the #5 issue.

Ice cream bucket is a #3 with a #4 lid. Actually a softer plastic. I dunno. 🤔
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:38 pm

I just checked the bins I used to have. They are Sterilite #5 and I didn't run into an issue. I did keep the substrate well below the lid though.
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby Claudiusx » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:41 pm

Supers will chew through anything they can get their mouths around. As long as there are no areas they can actually bite at, they will be fine in any plastic container.

They only were able to chew through mrspectrums lid because of the existing holes. Without them they wouldnt have.

FWIW I use those cheap little plastic "dressers" on wheels that you can buy from walmart. Most people probably use them for socks and undies. I use them for bugs lol.

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Re: Container for Supers

Postby DragonPete » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:06 pm

Claudiusx wrote:Supers will chew through anything they can get their mouths around. As long as there are no areas they can actually bite at, they will be fine in any plastic container.

They only were able to chew through mrspectrums lid because of the existing holes. Without them they wouldnt have.

FWIW I use those cheap little plastic "dressers" on wheels that you can buy from walmart. Most people probably use them for socks and undies. I use them for bugs lol.

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You need 3-4 drawers for bugs with your zoo! 😆
I'm thinking a couple inches of oats in the gallon ought to work yes? It's 5 in tall and 8.5 in diameter. But would that be too small for 500? These are large! Very. Maybe 4 inches of oats in the 2+ gal bucket wouldn't be overkill after all. I think I'll go back to the litter bucket and stop 2nd guessing myself. Lol! 😆
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby DragonPete » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:05 pm

Ok! Anyone have an easy way to get 500 Supers out of a bag full of newspaper?? Lmao! 😄
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Re: Container for Supers

Postby DragonPete » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:15 pm

Here's my idea. 💡
Take it all into the bathroom and work in the tub. That way any I miss going into the bucket, I can catch in the tub, till I get them all.👍
Brandon! You ordered from them, how do you get all the worms out? 😄
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