Hatchling Food, Crickets

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Hatchling Food, Crickets

Postby SavannahDragons » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:53 pm

Hello, beardeddragon.org users. I am due to have hatchling bearded dragons soon, and I am gathering information. This will be my second clutch; a year and a month ago I also had a clutch. The first time I had them, I went to the pet store three times a week to buy crickets. As a result of this, I have two questions:

1. Where is a good online cricket seller?
2. How many crickets should I get at a time?
...assuming that the clutch is about 15-20 babies (last time it was 20, 5 infertile, 13 hatched).

Thank you for your input!
Please get back to me as soon as possible... I must have the info soon. Thanks!
Lizzie: Bearded Dragon, Male, 3 years old
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Luke: Bearded Dragon, Male, 1 1/2 years old
Reia: Bearded Dragon, Female, 1 1/2 years old
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Re: Hatchling Food, Crickets

Postby kingofnobbys » Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:34 pm

What country are you located in ?

What STATE are you in ?

( can be important, esp now with much more demand on the local postal and parcel courier services because a lot of people are still being very cautious and socially distancing and socially isolating to avoid exposure to covid19 spreaders ).

Aim for roach's , hoppers ( locusts ) and crickets about the same length as the distance between the eyes of your hatchlings . Avoid making the mistake of buying feeder insects that are "pinhead" or similar size as these are
>> very delicate and too hard to keep alive
>> too hard for the hatchlings to keep track off
>> very poor protein : mass cf larger versions of the same insect.

Consider small ( 0.5 to 0.75 inch long ) silkworms and istar 2 black soldier fly lavae, blowfly lavae , and house fly lavae as feeders for your small newly hatched hatchlings.

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about 10mm long
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these are about up to 33mm long

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This is the size cricket I give to hatchlings about 5g to 15g in size ( 4 to 6 weeks old)
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Re: Hatchling Food, Crickets

Postby SavannahDragons » Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:46 am

I am in the United States, specifically Utah.
Lizzie: Bearded Dragon, Male, 3 years old
Jaxie: Bearded Dragon: Female, 3 years old
Luke: Bearded Dragon, Male, 1 1/2 years old
Reia: Bearded Dragon, Female, 1 1/2 years old
Anakin: Bearded Dragon, Male, 1 1/2 years old
Lili Ann: Savannah Monitor, Female, 2 years old
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Re: Hatchling Food, Crickets

Postby AHBD » Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:30 am

Hi there, for just hatched babies you need baby crickets that are no more than 1/4" and order about 2,000 at a time. Your first order should be the 1/8" crickets because they will grow quickly and you don't want them to be too big after a week. Your hatchlings won't eat for the first 2-5 days so it's O.K if the cricks are a bit on the small side. BSFL are good but would be super expensive to buy the amount you need. You can check with Great Lakes hornworm [ they sell crickets too ] , that's who I bought from for years but I haven't raised babies in the past 8 years so I get adult crickets,hornworms and superworms from them. You can try other companies as well like Rainbow mealworms + crickets , Georgia premium crickets and others.
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