pinhead crickets

spiderman

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Does anyone have a good way to handle those tiny crickets without killing them? I have had a hard time feeding my spiderlings.:confused:
 

Valael

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Yeah...Throw them away and get full grown crickets.



If the slings are really small, just use their legs. If they're a little larger, crush the head of the cricket and toss it in.



I tried using pinheads at the start and they're just far too much hassle to be worth the effort.
 

Chris

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It requires a lot of patience.

I used to keep the bunch in an ice cream container then when I wanted some I would pour one or two out into a pill vial... then you can shake them out of the vial into your T's residence.

The other suggestions work very well too.
 

D-Man

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Mame 'em

Originally posted by spiderman
Does anyone have a good way to handle those tiny crickets without killing them? I have had a hard time feeding my spiderlings.:confused:
I mash micro size crickets for my 1/4" B. boehmei - it WILL eat freshly killed prey. The litlle guy even pounced on a cricket as big as it - of course, I pulled off the jumping legs. If you know where your sling hangs out, just leave the mashed cricket next to its post.

Peace
 

slice9

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Pinheads are just as easy for the big ones for me. I just take a little pill vial and scoot them into there, then I open up the Ts container and dump him in.

I will say they're a bit more jumpy than the big crickets tho.
 

slice9

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hmm, that sounded wrong lol........I dump the cricket into the Ts enclosure...........not the other way around :p
 

DiStUrBeD-OnE

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Ernie told me this trick

You place them into a critter keeper (one that they cant get out of). Put a straw or something into the home for them to crawl in and out. once your ready to feed the T, you take a plastic baggie, use your tweezers to take the straw out of the home, and shake em into the bag. cut off a corner of the bag and the pinheads come out of the bag 1 by 1.. pretty easy to do, and they dont jump around everywhere.


Ian
 

genious_gr

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I had this prob as well, but I came up with that (hope it helps):

Take an empty match-box (a small one) and open it a bit. Hold it vertically and try to make one ore more to walk in. Then close it by pushing the "lid" down.



:confused: did all that make any sense???
 

Nixy

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Before it's feeding time I put a pill bottle in the thing I keep the pinheads in, add a little piece of fruit to it.
Pinheads climb in to munch.
I lift out pill bottle and shake out a few into the T's enclosier.
 
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