Too many flies?

5dice

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I ended up dropping a few too many flightless fruit flies into my 3/8" slings enclosure. He happily eats. Took one right off the bat. Wanted two or three but have about 10. Should I just leave them be? Catching them I think endangers the T.
 

REEFSPIDER

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Perhaps get the sling out and into a vial if you must. Or just leave them they'll most likely be consumed.
 

KezyGLA

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Use waxworms and calciworms instead. Full of protein and nutrriens They wil grow pronto :D
 
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Spidermolt

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Fruit flies aren't predatory so they wont nibble at the T. so as long as your tarantula isn't in premolt then I wouldn't worry about it.
 

Bugmom

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The FFFs will likely just climb out if you leave the lid off for a few minutes. If they don't, meh. They'll get ate or die. However, they might mold after they die off, so watch for that.

For tiny slings, I tend to cut up mealworms or crush the heads of pinhead roaches and just let the slings scavenge. But by "tiny" I mean 1/8." Anything larger gets live pinhead roaches. I only do cut up mealworms if I'm out of small enough live feeders.
 

KezyGLA

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ahah I do same when I use the phone aja.

I thought maybe you had knowledge of them being harmful maybe or some reason like that and I wanted to know. I always use them for my smaller slings and amputees as seem to fix them right up quick :D
 

Teal

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I have accidentally dropped a bootload of fruit flies into a sling enclosure... it isn't worrisome :)
 

5dice

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Seemed to do no harm. Today they are all gone?! And T seems fat and happy.
 

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1 fly is 1 fly too many when it comes to Ts IMO.
+1

I don't understand why people would deal with these little pain in the butt, nutritionally deficient fruit flies in the first place. Literally, everything else is easier and better.
 

Trenor

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I don't understand why people would deal with these little pain in the butt, nutritionally deficient fruit flies in the first place. Literally, everything else is easier and better.
I think it has a lot to do with people not knowing any better. When I first got some slings I bought some from an online vendor because I was told that's what slings eat. Later once I learned pre killed prey was a thing I didn't even finish the ones I had left.
 

Estein

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1 fly is 1 fly too many when it comes to Ts IMO.
I was going to say the exact same thing. Like @Trenor , I also bought fruit flies for my first sling because that's just what I had been told (those internet references just looked so darn credible). When I stopped using them, I hadn't even learned yet that they weren't very nutritious--I was just sick of dealing with the things.

OP, I throw in a mealworm with a crushed head or a piece of a mealworm. Mealworms are so easy to keep and clean up after--I love those guys, and so do my Ts. :)
 

viper69

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I never saw the point of feeding a T flies esp as they spend most of their time in the air. Clearly not a major prey item relative to other critters IMO.
 
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