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 Post subject: Locust storage
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:30 pm 
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I use the kriket keepers to keep my locusts in, when I get a new order of locusts I usually tip them in a bag shake the egg carton into the bag then tip the lot into a couple of keepers. I need some advice on this because I have two issues

- tipping the locusts from box to bag to keeper can't be any good for them.
- I hate having the bran stuff in my keepers ... is there away to get just the locusts in the keeper and bin the bran apart from picking them out individually by hand.

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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:45 pm 
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I keep my hoppers in a 18''x 12'' clear box with a clip on lid that just has a square opening lid on the top (it has ventilation slits on top) it is a insect keeper but I hunted for a better box than them normal cricket/hopper containers :lol: I could do silent brown crickets myself as they dont jump like the locusts I would take the whole lid of and quickly tip them in on just the cardboard :lol: then get the lid on and that way ; with tweezers I could sort them out through lid with tweezers. Now hoppers (locusts) I need my hubby or son to hold the lid on a slope on the box wit hands on the side and I do the same ; may have to knock the odd one or two back but its the quick way you do it :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:21 pm 
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I use a clear plastic box with ventilation in the lid for mine, I put vaseline about half way up as they seem to all climb to the lid otherwise.

I just lift the egg carton out first then tip the box on its side so the remianing one hop out into their new home, why don't you like the bran ? I always add an additional bit of crushed bran to both crickets and locuasts.


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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:00 pm 
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I used to use vaseline around the top ; but as I have large ones , I dont bother. Also with the 3x3 lift up lid in the proper lid ; i only need to take out what I need and none jump out as even those stuck on the underneath cannot get out :lol: I also add to the bran and put veggies and bug gel in a small dish (i sometimes add oats in to the bran as well ; also line the bottom first though with kitchen roll as its easier to clean the box ) :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
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I dont like the bran being all over the floor as it's messy and makes cleaning harder however I think I have solved the problem by using a bigger box so I can pour the locusts and their bran into a tub inside the main box and leave them to hop out of their own accord.
Here is my new setup, suggestions welcome (Poor quality pic I know)


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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:33 pm 
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Looks good :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
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Thanks Cat, the only problem I seem to be having now is humidity as the box seems quite humid and there is a lot of condensation in the box which I have read is a big no no when keeping locusts.

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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:14 pm 
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Maybe you need some ventilation holes at the top of the sides ; just a few on each side, and as I said , I always put kitchen roll on the bottom to line it. That way it soaks up a bit of the condensation :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
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Anyone considering breeding locusts be warned, they eat .... a lot of greens!!!!

The second pic was taken 5 minutes later


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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:40 am 
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:lol: :lol: :lol: I agree : do you give them bug gel or soaked kitchen roll to get a drink :)

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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
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Condensation means there is not enough ventalation in the box, so you need tom make some more holes :D

In the summer i would put big handfuls of grass with my locusts and they would devour it within hours , greedy buggers

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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
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I use bug gel for my locusts and roaches...condensation is no longer an issue as they have an entirely mesh/fabric roof now, I will try and get a pic or two later.

Spotted the first few babies today too which is a sign that everything Is moving in the right direction

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 Post subject: Re: Locust storage
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:39 pm 
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Witnessed my first shed today!! My babies are growing up :)


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