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    Removal of Egg Tray, Cleaning of Cricket Cage...

    O.K. How do I do this with out ending up with half the colony escaping? Most of them are in the egg trays. I don't understand how to get them out without dumping out the dirt with the eggs in it. I'm using egg cartons cut in half as the care sheet suggests. The care sheet says to shake the crickets out of the egg carton into a baggy, but won't everything in the egg carton end up in the baggy? And how in the world do you have the top off the cricket bin long enough to clean out the stink? Or is there a way to transfer them to another bin long enough to clean this one. (Again without having escapees.) *sigh* Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Like I've said before: I'm having to start at the beginning and I feel a bit foolish like there's something I should be seeing that I'm not, but I won't learn anything if I don't ask... so here I am.
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    2 glow fish - the Glow Twins
    1 1/2 Shepard 1/4 lab 1/4 chow (male) - Moon
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    Re: Removale of Egg Tray, Cleaning of Cricket Cage

    If your cricket bin is tall enough, you don't have to worry about them jumping out.

    First, your breeding substrate should be in a DISH. Once it has eggs in it, you need to remove it, otherwise the adult crickets will eat the pinheads.

    I take the egg crates and shake them into a 2nd, empty cricket bin, replace the egg crates with fresh ones, then tilt the bin with the crickets on its side, so they start falling into the freshly cleaned one, leaving the poop behind. Sometimes you have to scoot them along with your hand.

    Have you read the breeding guide?
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    Re: Removale of Egg Tray, Cleaning of Cricket Cage

    I read the breeding guide. That's why I put the breeding substrate in the egg crates that are cut in half... Did I miss understand it? I do have some peat pots that I could use to hold the breeding substrate instead it that would be better. Then just use egg crates to remove the crickets when its time to clean the bin?
    My babies:
    1 collared lizard - Mr. Lizard
    1 rainbow shark - Carrot top
    2 glow fish - the Glow Twins
    1 1/2 Shepard 1/4 lab 1/4 chow (male) - Moon
    1 mutt (male) - Rocky
    Then of coarse there's my 2 boys and my hubby!

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    Re: Removale of Egg Tray, Cleaning of Cricket Cage

    The egg crates should be standing up on their sides. This gives the crickets room to move around and climb and hide.
    Putting moist soil in them would quickly cause the paper egg crates to fall apart.
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    Re: Removale of Egg Tray, Cleaning of Cricket Cage

    O.K. Now I get it. I did miss understand! I didn't even think of the paper egg crates! I used the Styrofoam ones. Of coarse on second thought ... that can't be too healthy for them can it? I mean they do eat everything.
    My babies:
    1 collared lizard - Mr. Lizard
    1 rainbow shark - Carrot top
    2 glow fish - the Glow Twins
    1 1/2 Shepard 1/4 lab 1/4 chow (male) - Moon
    1 mutt (male) - Rocky
    Then of coarse there's my 2 boys and my hubby!

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    Its always a learning process!
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    Re: Removale of Egg Tray, Cleaning of Cricket Cage

    I keep a light bulb in to provide a little heat.
    It will burn off the humidity.
    Humidity = stink = death
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    Re: Removale of Egg Tray, Cleaning of Cricket Cage

    oh dear...
    My babies:
    1 collared lizard - Mr. Lizard
    1 rainbow shark - Carrot top
    2 glow fish - the Glow Twins
    1 1/2 Shepard 1/4 lab 1/4 chow (male) - Moon
    1 mutt (male) - Rocky
    Then of coarse there's my 2 boys and my hubby!

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    Re: Removal of Egg Tray, Cleaning of Cricket Cage.

    All I meant was your crickets will live longer if you can keep the humidity down.
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    Re: Removal of Egg Tray, Cleaning of Cricket Cage.

    O.K. now I've got all the critters removed and the loose stuff out of the tub... Is there one cleaner that is better to use than another to get out the stuck on nastiness? or should I just use extra hot water?
    My babies:
    1 collared lizard - Mr. Lizard
    1 rainbow shark - Carrot top
    2 glow fish - the Glow Twins
    1 1/2 Shepard 1/4 lab 1/4 chow (male) - Moon
    1 mutt (male) - Rocky
    Then of coarse there's my 2 boys and my hubby!

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