Last night my cubscout den got to meet my chickies. We had low attendance, only 4 kids, which was probably best for the babies. We talked about what all living things need to live, and we used that info to build a cricket habitat. We used a small "critter habitat" (plastic with a vented lid and a hinged door) for shelter. Water is supplied by a soaked cotton ball in a bottle cap, and food is fresh greens. I picked up the crickets at a pet store, and this is kind of sad. The cricket container read, "40+ small crickets, contains enough food and moisture to sustain crickets for 10 days" About 10 of the crickets were already dead, and their food was some green block stuff that resembled rat poison. We released the crickets into their new habitat and within 10 second they had swarmed the lettuce and were visibly eating it, like they had never seen a green thing in their lives. Of course, after we pampered the crickets we fed half of them to the chicks (who had spent the whole time so far in the girl scout room down the hall) Today the chicks and the crickets are all safely home with me, in roomy warm habitats with good food!