Uneaten crickets with calcium powder on them.

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Uneaten crickets with calcium powder on them.

Postby Staygold » Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:55 am

Hi. I have a quick question. I dusted some crickets for my baby and she did not eat them, she seems to be going into brumation. So I am wondering if the crickets have calcium powder on them will their exoskeletons get harder, and should I just throw them away? FYI when I dumped the dusted crickets back into their container, I got some calcium on their food and water dish and did not clean the calcium out for a couple of days. They still have calcium on their bodies though. Thank you for any help, have an awesome day.
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Re: Uneaten crickets with calcium powder on them.

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Nov 28, 2020 12:06 pm

First babies DO not brumate --- and I think your crickets will be fine for the next feeding -- why do you think your baby is going into brumation? How old is your baby? If your baby is under a year old then I am guessing there is a UVB / basking temp issue-- your baby should be active eating basking and pooping --
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Re: Uneaten crickets with calcium powder on them.

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:20 am

Back in with the rest of the crickets if still frisky .

The power wont harm them.
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Re: Uneaten crickets with calcium powder on them.

Postby Staygold » Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:36 am

KarrieRee wrote:First babies DO not brumate --- and I think your crickets will be fine for the next feeding -- why do you think your baby is going into brumation? How old is your baby? If your baby is under a year old then I am guessing there is a UVB / basking temp issue-- your baby should be active eating basking and pooping --
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Sorry, I guess I shouldn't have used the word baby. I call all my pet's babies. She was gotten from a pet store last August , so she is at least 15 months old. I think she was trying to go into brumation because she was sleeping all day for almost a week.( I have been giving her baths and putting her on a vibrating travel pillow (the vet said to try something that vibrates) and giving her prune juice mixed with honey and extra virgin olive oil, trying to make her go poop because she has food in her tummy ). Yes there has been UVB and temp issues since I got her, which I have been trying to fix. When I got her rehomed to me I started researching how to take care of her and found stuff wrong. The bulbs and analog thermometer she came with were wrong. So I switched her nonexistent or old UVB light (it has no markings and tested it with a Tekizoo uv sensor and got no colorchange.)with the spare that she came with. And I got a Zoo Med thermometer hygrometer , and a vivosun thermostat for her CH bulb at night and a Zoo Med digital infrared thermometer. I have been going crazy trying to order everything she needs to fix it. Currently she has a powersun UVB 100 watt and 150 watt Exo Terra intense basking spot light., which I have connected to a manual light dimmer. Right now her ambient temperature in the hot side is around 94, middle bottom of the tank is around 83 and cool side is about 77. She just woke up yesterday and is awake again today. I just went to check those temperatures and I noticed she pooped! Yay!. But I don't think it looks very healthy, there is some orange stuff and the urate is pretty hard, I will try to post a picture of the poop to show you because maybe I just don't know what healthy poop looks like. I am waiting for a 24-inch sunblaster fixture and T5 10.0 reptisun bulbs. I am also looking into a dimming thermostat because my temperatures change a lot since I am in the basement. I am looking at the Exo Terra digital dimming pulse thermostat , but I do not know if it will work on her basking light because it is pulse and I don't want it turning on and off during the day..
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Re: Uneaten crickets with calcium powder on them.

Postby Staygold » Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:45 am

kingofnobbys wrote:Back in with the rest of the crickets if still frisky .

The power wont harm them.

Ok. Thank you. Most have died off, but I expected that because the lady at the reptile store said they would probably die with the powder all over their bodies.
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Re: Uneaten crickets with calcium powder on them.

Postby Staygold » Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:52 am

[Click image to enlarge]
the first picture didn't work to upload. This is a picture after I squished the urate and after I squished the brownish things. The urate is quite solid and the brownish stuff was kind of crystally and crunchy.
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Re: Uneaten crickets with calcium powder on them.

Postby AHBD » Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:43 pm

Hi there, the poo looks fine , she could possibly use a little more hydration via syringe or eyedropper. Don't worry about if she wants to brumate, they do this naturally. If you want to get the temp. a tiny bit higher just insulate part of the enclosure with cardboard or a small blanket, just be sure it doesn't come in contact with the light fixtures.
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Re: Uneaten crickets with calcium powder on them.

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:11 am

Staygold wrote:
kingofnobbys wrote:Back in with the rest of the crickets if still frisky .

The power wont harm them.

Ok. Thank you. Most have died off, but I expected that because the lady at the reptile store said they would probably die with the powder all over their bodies.


If you are caking them with calcium powder that thickly , it's too much.

Only need enough calcium or calcium + multivitamin powder on the insect to make them look likely dusted.
My uneaten dusted crickets go back into the tub with their mates and rarely die due to the dust suffocating them,
I'm only feeding out crickets every other day now and they survive at least 2 days.
CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Re: Uneaten crickets with calcium powder on them.

Postby Staygold » Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:29 pm

kingofnobbys wrote:
Staygold wrote:
kingofnobbys wrote:Back in with the rest of the crickets if still frisky .

The power wont harm them.

Ok. Thank you. Most have died off, but I expected that because the lady at the reptile store said they would probably die with the powder all over their bodies.


If you are caking them with calcium powder that thickly , it's too much.

Only need enough calcium or calcium + multivitamin powder on the insect to make them look likely dusted.
My uneaten dusted crickets go back into the tub with their mates and rarely die due to the dust suffocating them,
I'm only feeding out crickets every other day now and they survive at least 2 days.

Well most of them lived about a week. But my bearded dragon has been sleeping a lot and not really eating so they have died off. I'm not sure if that would have been because of calcium or not.
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Re: Uneaten crickets with calcium powder on them.

Postby Staygold » Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:54 am

AHBD wrote:Hi there, the poo looks fine , she could possibly use a little more hydration via syringe or eyedropper. Don't worry about if she wants to brumate, they do this naturally. If you want to get the temp. a tiny bit higher just insulate part of the enclosure with cardboard or a small blanket, just be sure it doesn't come in contact with the light fixtures.

Yes I would like to find a way to get her to drink more. She has only taking water from me twice from the eye dropper and I have had her about a month. I do give her regular baths. Thank you for the tip on insulating, I will probably need that because it gets really cold down here (the basement)in the winter.
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