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Simple gutload / bug food

Posted 10-04-2013 at 09:43 AM by sandrachameleon
Updated 04-16-2014 at 02:49 PM by sandrachameleon

basic feeding of your feeder prey does not have to be expensive or difficult

You probably eat some fruit and veggies every day, so save a little of that for your bugs (the ends or peels off of carrots, leftover squash, a few leaves of romaine or mustard greens or arugula from your salad, the pulp leftover from making fresh OJ, share some papaya, give them the piece of apple fruit you didn't eat because of the bruise/brown, maybe some basil, a steamed yam, etc)

Keep in mind that some vegetables should be used only very infrequently - like spinnach and potatoes. (the second link below will give you more info)


Compliment your veggies with some pre-mixed dry stuff:
  • dried herbs (go to the bulk food section, get the cheap Italian seasonings or similar)
  • ground dried alfalfa makes a good inexpensive staring base (protein, calcium, vitamins including K)
  • great to add some powdered seaweed and/or algae, like kelp, spirulina, nori (iodine, calcium, magnesium, protein)
  • a handful of ground (raw, unsalted) seeds and nuts (such as sesame squash millet and sunflower seeds, almonds) (B vitamins, folate, potasium, iron, copper, magnesium, selenium, lecithin, protein, Vitamin K)
  • some brewers yeast (B vitmains including folic acid, chromium, selenium)
  • a bit of ground dried berries and/or other fruit, like a few raisins or dried papaya (sweetness, vitamins, antioxidants)
  • a bit of dried coconut (anit-goitrogenic effect, saturated fat, omega 6, minerals)
  • Bonus stuff added from time to time: some dried dandelion leaves and/or other good leafy green (calcium, vitamins), stabilized rice bran and/or crushed barley (vitamins, minerals), garland chrysanthemum, bee pollen
If you want to take it a bit further, consider: http://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs...gust-2012.html
http://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs...utloading.html
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    Beautiful4Ever's Avatar
    Thanks so much for this! Was given incorrect information for feeder food and this helped me a lot
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    Posted 10-20-2013 at 07:29 PM by Beautiful4Ever Beautiful4Ever is offline
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    xraygirl's Avatar
    I have a question

    Is it better to give your crickets chunks of the various fruits and veggies, or blend it all up and give it to them? I've been giving mine a variety of slices of orange, pears, cilantro, apples, blueberry halves, carrots, etc
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    Posted 11-14-2013 at 08:40 AM by xraygirl xraygirl is offline
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    sandrachameleon's Avatar
    both ways work. I myself give chucks and slices of one or two veggies or fruits -quite a bit of variety in any given month. other people blend a bunch of things together and refrigerate or freeze until needed. freezing can destroy B1
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    Posted 11-15-2013 at 06:33 PM by sandrachameleon sandrachameleon is offline
    Updated 04-25-2014 at 09:13 AM by sandrachameleon
 
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