Setting Up Your New Keeper

Instructions for use of your Cricket Keeper

Congratulations on purchasing the Premium Crickets Cricket Keeper.  This product is designed to allow you to keep your crickets alive and healthy for the full lifetime of your crickets.

  1. Open bag of Odor Control and put ¼ of the bag spread around the bottom
  2. Empty crickets into container
  3. Put egg crates inside container spaced evenly
  4. Open bag of cricket food and place on a small container at the corner of one side. Ideally, the container of food should be on top of the egg crates.
  5. Make cricket water and put small handful of water cubes on a container on the corner of the other side. Ideally, the container of cricket water should be on top of the egg crates.
  6. Put toilette paper roll (just the roll) inside the cricket bin to catch crickets
  7. Put top on the container
  8. Put Cricket Keeper in an area of your house where the temperature is between 65 and 80 degrees.
  9. When you run out of crickets, reorder at www.georgiacrickets.com  Check your temperatures first to make sure you choose the right packaging and shipping service.

  

How long can a cricket live?

The full life cycle of a cricket is around 8 to 10 weeks.  A small cricket (1/4”) is usually around 3 weeks old.  A large cricket (3/4”) is around 5 weeks old.  Adult full grow crickets only have around 7 to 10 days left to live.

What temperature should I keep the crickets?

The cooler the temperature, the slower the cricket grows.  The warmer the temperature, the quicker the cricket grows.  Below 40 degrees the crickets will start to die off.  Above 90 degrees the crickets will start to die off.  The ideal temperature for maintaining the cricket is around 80 degrees.

How can I tell if the crickets are getting too hot?

If you open your cricket bin and see condensation on the lid and sides, the bin is too hot.  Your crickets won’t last too long.

Why are the sides of the Cricket Bin sanded half way up?

It gives the cricket additional surface area to spread apart.  The more space the crickets have apart from each other the less stress they endure.  The less stress leads to a longer lifetime.

Why do you recommend against using Hi Calcium Orange Cubes to gut-load my crickets?

The short answer is the crickets will die shortly after ingesting the Orange Cubes.  Why?  A cricket has an exoskeleton and molts it off 6 times as it grows.  If the cricket consumes too much calcium, the exoskeleton will become hard and the cricket can’t molt it off.  The cricket suffocates and dies.  The Orange Cubes contain too much calcium for the cricket.  It is better to coat your cricket with calcium rather than feeding them the Orange Cubes. 

Our cricket water is the exact same product as the Orange Cubes, however there no calcium added.  Each bag contains the dehydrated water crystals which you add water to.  Each bag makes up to 1 gallon of the gel.

What is the Odor Control and how much do I use?

The Odor Control is high grade vermiculite that can be used as bedding for the crickets and for the absorption of smells.  Since the product is mineral based, no harm can come to the crickets.  Use about ¼” of the bag at a time and keep in bin until you get a new batch of crickets.

Is your Cricket Food a gut-load food and how much should I use?

Yes. Our food is the same food we use to raise the crickets and is considered a gut-load.  It contains all the nutrition to keep your cricket nutrionally ready for your reptile.  Our food also contains the right mix of ingredients to ensure the longest life possible for that cricket.

How do I make the cricket water?

Add the bag of dehydrated cricket water crystals to one gallon of water.  Let the cubes gel up over a two hour period. 

  

Do I need to refrigerate the cricket water?

You don’t need to refrigerate the cricket water.  The only thing that may happen is over time the water will evaporate.  If that happens, simply add more water to rehydrate.

What is the best way to keep the cricket food?

We recommend that whatever cricket food you don’t use for feeding the crickets, put the rest in your freezer.  The cold temperatures will do the best job of maintaining the nutritional value of the food.

What are the different sizes of cricket bins and how many crickets can they hold?

Small Keeper – Up to 500 large crickets

Medium Keeper – Up to 1000 Large Crickets

Large Keeper – Up to 2000 Large Crickets

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