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    how to clean out a cricket cage?

    No it's not a riddle, or not supposed to be.... but I'm curious how to keep the remaining crickets but clean out the container? What to do with all those feeders while I hose out their cricket keeper?

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    Crickets make horrible feeders, messy, noisy, smelly. Roaches on the other hand... great feeders (more meat to shell ratio and can be feed at any size cause, and you don't have to worry about them bitting), once you get over the "man i have a bin full of roaches in my house" thought, its kinda neat they have some really cool colorations on some of them, and will breed prolificaly. and you dont have to really clean out the Cage cause the young roaches will eat most of it (of course it does get to a point.

    But what I suggest doing is if you are using egg crates put egg crates to fill maybe half of the cage, (so half of the cage has egg crates). Then when you want to clean it out, just take a wet rag, or something scoop out the dead crickets, then wipe it down (or clean it how ever you need to) just no chemicals. Then switch the egg crates to the other side, and then clean the dirty half and just leave the egg flats on the one side. Thats how I did it with my roaches. Though Some people use Cork Board and use like a long metal bolt, get some nuts, make it so you can put the bolts through the cork board, and then make enough space between each cork board. Really easy, and you can pick it up no problem to clean around the cage.

    Just my 2cents.

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    That is the question of the century. I wish I had an answer.

    I have two tanks. I alternate them. I buy 1000 crickets at a time. I put them in one of the tanks. When all the crickets are gone from the old one I clean it out.

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    That is the question of the century. I wish I had an answer.
    Ha ha! Cool, glad I ain't alone!

    I order 500 1/4" crix at a shot, I'm getting to the end of this shipment and the new ones are coming on Wed or Thurs depending if UPS is shipping on Mon or not. So I gues I'll jut do as before and dump out the few stragglers and clean the cage and put in new egg crates.

    Yeah, NepAk the ol' lady will not go for roaches we had few years back (not as feeders just house guests) but I succeded in ridding us of them so she'd just die if I brought home some big blats! They have tons of neat roach species at the herp shop but she won't even walk down that aisle!

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    Where do you buy crickets and how much do you pay?

    I get mine from

    http://lllreptile.com/store/catalog/feeders/crickets/

    I pay 16.99 for 1000. That price includes shipping. It's the best deal I've found.

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    Nep_AK,

    Roaches may be good for the reason you cite but they have one big drawback in this case, youngin' brown anoles are way to small to eat roaches

    I will agree with Ozzy that crix cage cleaning is a conundrum. Some things that help: paper towels as flooring, eggcrate for the beasts to hang out on, petri dishes for food/drink placement.
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    young anoles are to small for even some of the baby roaches......dont think ive got any youngins in my colony small enough for an adult anole.....the lil buggers grow to darn fast.....that and some ppl REALLY dont like roaches..........i use the half grown ones as feeders for my foot long bearded dragon.
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    There's a local mom & pop pet store in my area and they use the egg crate method that nepenthes_ak describes. They have their large crickets in a open reach down bin, looks like in an earlier life was reach down freezer/fridge they kind you find ice cream bars in at the corner store.

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