Crickets?

QuesoTheBeardie

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So my crickets keep smelling terrible and my roommate has suggested that I make my bearded dragon a vegetarian. Does anyone have any tips on keeping the smell down? Or should I make him a vegetarian? I don’t think it would be good but I need some advice.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
So my crickets keep smelling terrible and my roommate has suggested that I make my bearded dragon a vegetarian. Does anyone have any tips on keeping the smell down? Or should I make him a vegetarian? I don’t think it would be good but I need some advice.
Get rid of the crickets all together and get a 10 gallon aquarium and order some dubia roaches along w/ dubia food and dubia dew - feed the roaches what you feed the dragon just dont feed carrots to both - one or the other or you will end up w/ orange poop --- to much Vit A -- your dragon needs protein 2-3 times per week - you can also go w/ silk worms or BSFL
 

Drache613

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Hello,

Your dragon definitely doesn't need to be a vegetarian. My advice is to do what is easier for you
but still keeping him nutritious food around.
I have successfully kept crickets, for years. The key is to basically keep their tank cleaned out.
I use a chicken watering system with a foam donut for water so they don't drown. If you don't keep
the bin cleaned out or change the water then it will likely have some smell.
As Karrie suggested, silkworms or phoenix worms are great also. A lot of people do feed roaches
but it does take time to get a colony going.

Tracie
 

QuesoTheBeardie

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Hello,

Your dragon definitely doesn't need to be a vegetarian. My advice is to do what is easier for you
but still keeping him nutritious food around.
I have successfully kept crickets, for years. The key is to basically keep their tank cleaned out.
I use a chicken watering system with a foam donut for water so they don't drown. If you don't keep
the bin cleaned out or change the water then it will likely have some smell.
As Karrie suggested, silkworms or phoenix worms are great also. A lot of people do feed roaches
but it does take time to get a colony going.

Tracie
Thank you!! I don’t think I’ll go with roaches, they aren’t cheap where I live, and I figured I shouldn’t make him a vegetarian! Thank you for the advice.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
Thank you!! I don’t think I’ll go with roaches, they aren’t cheap where I live, and I figured I shouldn’t make him a vegetarian! Thank you for the advice.
It is best to buy all feeders on line--- in the end they are cheaper --- most on here get them on line if you want websites I can post some for you ---
 

Xjrosie

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You can put some ground coconut husk in the bottom of the Cricket cage. It will absorb most of the smell. I was told maybe about ½ inch to an inch, depending on the size of the container you keep them in.
 

xp29

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You can put some ground coconut husk in the bottom of the Cricket cage. It will absorb most of the smell. I was told maybe about ½ inch to an inch, depending on the size of the container you keep them in.
I had not heard that, thanks for the heads up 🙂
 

AHBD

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I had not heard that, thanks for the heads up 🙂
I keep mine on a small layer of oatmeal. They never smell unless one dies and is not noticed. If keeping very large numbers of crickets [ hundreds or thousands ] it's more likely to have some dying and you need to be vigilant about checking for dead ones.
 

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