feeding crickets

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 688peterl, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. 688peterl

    688peterl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i wanted to get my ducks some crickets but where would i put the crickets? i thought about putting them in the paddling pool without water but the sides are only about a foot high, would this keep them in or would they jump out? how do you guys feed your ducks crickets?
     
  2. classroomducks

    classroomducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the crickets would be so busy trying to swim they cant hop out of the water. Putting them in the pool with water would be your best bet imo.
     
  3. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

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    I m sure they could jump out .. They cant jump straight up but they can jump a good distance out ... I would put them in the water theyll move enough to get the ducks attention ....
     
  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    My experience with the crickets you buy in pet stores (versus the wild crickets which are a different variety) is that they don't jump much. If you put them in a plastic container with sides a foot high, they shouldn't be able to jump out of that. Putting them in the water is kind of cruel because they drown easily.
     
  5. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

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    I bought my crickets at a bait shop and threw them in the water bowl...the ducks all-goned them before any could hop out...but they weren't great at hopping anyway. So there's a thought.

    Try tiny crappie-sized minnows...they'll love them!
     
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  6. Duck_feeder

    Duck_feeder Drowning in feathers!

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    we threw a bunch of crickets in a glass gallon jar. The sides were way too high for the crickets but the ducks had no problem reaching in. a container with somewhat high walls made of glass or ceramic would easily contain crickets (can't jump out and clean glass is too slippery for them to crawl out.
     
  7. classroomducks

    classroomducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:lol how is that cruel...the ducks are going to eat them...i doubt you have time to worry about them drowning before the ducks get them.
     
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  8. Duck_feeder

    Duck_feeder Drowning in feathers!

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    Quote:lol how is that cruel...the ducks are going to eat them...i doubt you have time to worry about them drowing before the ducks get them.

    I guess it depends on whether or not the ducks want to eat the crickets. Ours ate all of them but didn't attack them right away (ate them when we weren't around).
     
  9. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
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    It a cricket .. We fish with them by sticking a hook thru there bodies then throwing them in water .. I dont think putting them in the water bowl is nearly as cruel as that...
     
  10. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We throw them in there little pool with water in it or hand feed them. My ducks go nuts over anything we throw in there pool, they know that it is something good it if gets to go in there pool. [​IMG]
     

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