Would you go through this much trouble for you feeder insects?

Buspirone

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I found this diet while looking on care of mealworms and crickets. I think its geared more toward herp. feeders. It looks like it might cost quite a bit to make a batch too:




Ultimate Feeder Insect Diet
Background Information


"You Are What You Eat!"



Dry Mix

- 1 large box dry milk (8 quart size)
- 1 box rice baby cereal
- 8 oz. raw unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup of chaff from loose alfalfa or 3/4 cup alfalfa powder
- 1 1/2 cup fresh bee pollen
- 1/4 cup powdered spirulina or Klamath Lake algae
- 1/2 cup crushed fine quality monkey chow (not Purina)
- 1/4 cup dried sea kelp
- 1/4 cup dried egg yolk (If dried egg yolk is unavailable for the dry mix, add to the wet mix: 1 fresh egg yolk, cooked)
- 1/2 cup mixed unsalted nuts
- 1/4 cup coconut
- 1/16 cup brewer's yeast
- 1/8 cup dried dandelion flowers (optional)


Wet Mix

- Prickly pear cactus (opuntia)
- A mix of sweet potatoes, yams, organically grown carrots, orange/yellow squashes and carrot tops
- Mixed dandelion, turnip, mustard, collard greens, kale, and watercress greens
- Citrus fruit, melon, grape leaves


Directions

The above should be pulverized using a food processor, blender, or coffee grinder. The texture should resemble a "chunky" powder. Measurements are approximate and may not reflect actual measurements used.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge.

This works for mealworms as well as crickets. Just put the mealworms in a feeding container with the wet and dry food the night before you are going to feed them so they gut-load themselves.

Those fresh foods add a source of moisture for the feeder insects as well.

Using this diet, all your feeder insects are constantly gut-loaded!


Sources Of Ingredients

Local grocery / bulk food store:
Box of dry milk.
Baby rice cereal.
Unsalted sunflower seeds.
Wheat germ.
Mixed unsalted nuts.
Shredded coconut.
Brewer's yeast.
Fresh fruits and vegetables.
Natural / health food store:

Loose or powdered alfalfa.
Bee pollen (also available directly from local bee keepers).
Powdered spirulina or Klamath Lake algae.
Dried sea kelp.
Dried egg yolk (or you can make your own with a food dehydrator).
Dried dandelions (or you can make your own with a food dehydrator).
Alternatives:

Spirulina can also be obtained from local fish/aquarium stores in bulk flakes.
Monkey chow or kitty food can be obtained from pet stores of bulk food stores.



The Creators

This diet was originally created by (Susan James, Don Wells, and Ken Lopez, DVM).
 

Buspirone

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Me neither but I was wondering if there was anybody who would.
 

sunnymarcie

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I guess if I was a health nut, most of that stuff would already
be in my kitchen, but I do not think I would share it with my
feeder insects! That stuff costs a ton of money :p
 

Code Monkey

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Why would I do that when I can get a 20lb bag of unmedicated chick feeder (complete with more fortified vitamins and minerals than you could know what to do with) for $12 or whatever the price is down at the feed store?

That just looks likes organic mumbo jumbo to me.
 

sunnymarcie

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The "dry" mix contents could be anyone's favorite health food
bar~:eek: Yuck! LOL!
 

Buspirone

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I found a gutload product that sounds like they sell a pre-mix similar to the above recipe. The site is http://www.australianbeardies.com/cricketfood/info.htm



Our Cricket Blend and Superworm & Mealworm Bedding recipes includes various grains, dried vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, acidophilus, bee pollen, and calcium carbonate totaling over 30 separate ingredients in all! Our Roach Diet includes various dried vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, fish meal, acidophilus, bee pollen, and calcium carbonate. These all-natural blends provide probiotics, complex carbohydrates, protein, folic acid, calcium, and other beneficial nutrients that are passed on to your reptile.
 

Infinity

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good God-- those bugs would be eating better than me!:eek:

Any feeder cricket of mine that can't get by on the slice of apple or potato that I happen to have already in the 'frigde at the time will have to see himself to that great egg carton in the sky before I'd go thru that much trouble...
 
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