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    So, for the last few times of getting feeder crickets, I have had mass deaths each time. This last time, they didn't even last for a full week & I'm getting frustrated. My leopard gecko barely eats half of them! I don't know what to do.

    I get 60 at a time from Petco. I keep them in a 15qt tub with holes cut in the sides covered with wire mesh. I give them Fluker's cricket quencher for a water source & Mazuri's bug gutloading diet for dry food. I keep them on wood shavings, I put the food on trays so they don't get ruined, I give them plenty of egg cartons & paper towel/toilet paper rolls. They do not have a heat source because they are right by the window however when we do keep the AC on it's on for a while.

    I have to scoop out all of the dead every day because there is just so many. Is the tub too small, am I not giving them enough space? Am I using the wrong bedding? Am I not using the right food & water sources? Do they seriously need a heat source?

    Or could it be that I'm just not having any luck & they all have been bad batches? Or are they just old??!?!?!

    Any answers anyone can give me are greatly appreciated!

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    Too hot = shorter life span, too cold = death or cannibalism. Try keeping them away from the window if they’re in direct sunlight, they could be overheating. I don’t know how cold it gets for you with the ac on, but make sure it’s not too cold. Try keeping the temperature consistent.
    Maybe try ordering crickets online from a good source. Big pet stores like petco or petsmart usually don’t have the healthiest crickets ( went to petsmart and they even told me to not buy crickets from them, that’s how bad it is sometimes ).
    How big are the crickets and how old are you getting them? I’m guessing you’re getting adult crickets? If you are, 60 of them in a 15 qt is maybe a bit small? Something a bit bigger is always better.
    Anyways, best of luck to you! Hope any of that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagelismygecko View Post
    Too hot = shorter life span, too cold = death or cannibalism. Try keeping them away from the window if theyíre in direct sunlight, they could be overheating. I donít know how cold it gets for you with the ac on, but make sure itís not too cold. Try keeping the temperature consistent.
    Maybe try ordering crickets online from a good source. Big pet stores like petco or petsmart usually donít have the healthiest crickets ( went to petsmart and they even told me to not buy crickets from them, thatís how bad it is sometimes ).
    How big are the crickets and how old are you getting them? Iím guessing youíre getting adult crickets? If you are, 60 of them in a 15 qt is maybe a bit small? Something a bit bigger is always better.
    Anyways, best of luck to you! Hope any of that helps.
    Thank you this did! I know this contradicts what you just said about big pet stores, but since I live close to a Petco I stopped in & the woman there was extremely helpful. I found out the source of all of them dying was because they are too cold!! So I moved them away from the AC and now they won't get too hot either because they aren't in front of a window. I will take into consideration buying a bigger container, too, but for now I think I just want to have alive crickets!

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    If you continue to have problems, try getting 10 big crickets and 50 small crickets and let the little ones grow up.

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    I would buy about 25-30 at a time. That way the crickets will have more room, also, dont keep them too close to the window. This may cool them, killing them. I would also use different food. Suck as leftover fruit or vegetable scraps. (Potato scraps, carrot, cucumber, grape, etc.

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