Buggie Snacks, crickets, mealworms, waxworms OH MY! but Where to buy??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BloominOrchid, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. BloominOrchid

    BloominOrchid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all Just wondering where you all get your buggie snacks from.
    Im looking to buying LIVE bugs in bulk. we have a few handfuls of chickens, and well another handful of lizards [​IMG]
    And Id like to get some for the whole family of critters. But before I go and spend $20 plus on shipping I wanted to see if anyone had good reports??
    I know I can get them from my local petstores but Id rather not pay the mark ups!
    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Get roaches! Best thing I ever invested in, my bearded dragons and leopard geckos have all the food they could possibly want. I even have plenty to spare for my chickens, I throw out 10 roaches a day for mine. They have the best feathers ever, and their yolks are so orange. No, these aren't the pest roaches you see around. The roach I'm breeding is Blaptica dubia, an exotic roach which does not smell, jump, fly, climb, bite, or breed out of control. Go to www.theroachguy.com for more details. I no longer buy insects for my lizards.
     
  3. BloominOrchid

    BloominOrchid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Really?? Wow thats neat... so they wont take over my house? BC Id burnt he house down! [​IMG] I hate roaches!
    We have Uromastyx, Lep Geckos, & water dragons.
    Im sure my chicks will love them, they eat anything I give them...except Black berries, they didnt like them [​IMG]
    Thanks! going to check them out now
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  4. AccioSarah

    AccioSarah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get all my crickets/mealworms from petsmart. Not to expensive, and they have all been alive so far! Not to shabby. [​IMG]
    If you don't have a petsmart, most big brand pet stores carry insects.
     
  5. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Check out the reptile supply places, sometimes thet have discounted shipping. I raise my own mealworms nor for my geckos and my chickens.....When I lived in FL I used to buy a big case of crickets at the reptile show (twice a year) and keep them in a big spare terrarium with a screen to (outside....I hate bugs). Now I live in WI and only do the mealworms as I don't mind having them in the workshop in the basement. No smell, easy to do and you can get started on a larger scale if you just order 1000 or so mealworms once. Also, some of the petstores have better prices than others on crickets, don't buy the little pre-packaged kind, they are usually more expensive. Check out several petstores also baitshops. Many places sell a variety of bugs as fishing bait....waxworms, spikes and worms. Some stuff may not be OK for the reptiles though.....
     
  6. MakNugget

    MakNugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I ordered my mealworms in bulk from petco.com. So far so good!
     
  7. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    if you are making a colony of incests get bate to start with from a fishing place- let them breed and feed that.
     
  8. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Grow your own mealworms! They are easy and cheep. I have a link on my BYC page that shows you how. If you don't want to grow your own bugs, I'd recommend FLuker Farms in LA (http://www.flukerfarms.com/?gclid=CIuL352mzaMCFRs2gwodakliuA). I used them for years to get crickets (1000's per week for years) and they were great to deal with. I'm still thinking about the cockroaches that Pet Duck Boy is advocating; they seem almost ideal (if you can get past the cockroach part and all the hissing [​IMG]). I just don't know if I can get my family to go along with that one.
     

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