Any tips for cup feeding?

Discussion in 'Chameleon Food' started by marcsman16, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. marcsman16

    marcsman16 Member

    Hey guys
    My chams doesn't seem to like cup feed, and I can't free range the crickets because my cage isn't cricket proof.
    I also hand feed them but sometimes they like it and sometimes they don't.
    What do you suggest?
    I'm getting a little anxious... :eek:
     
  2. Jordanworks479

    Jordanworks479 Established Member

    What types of cups have you tried?in my exp glasses don’t work that well I use a large taco bell cup works great poke holes in the bottom for drainage and use a thumb tack to pin it up below his basking spot
     
  3. marcsman16

    marcsman16 Member

    And how do you cut it?
     
  4. marcsman16

    marcsman16 Member

    Like a soda cup?
     
  5. Jordanworks479

    Jordanworks479 Established Member

    Yes the soda cup How old is your chameleon it should be able to grab food without cutting the cup the large keeps the crickets in and allows him to exercise his tougnge muscle
     
  6. marcsman16

    marcsman16 Member

    I have two panther chams
     
  7. Jordanworks479

    Jordanworks479 Established Member

    You do not need to cut the cup.don’t have much exp with panthers how old are they?
     
  8. marcsman16

    marcsman16 Member

    They are 5 months old but they look younger. Here's a pic:
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  9. Jordanworks479

    Jordanworks479 Established Member

    Maybe you should go with a medium cup to make sure it doesn’t fall in pin the cup to the middle of the enclosure under the basking light so it can see them.are they in the same enclosure?and you should switch to linear uvb better for Viv’s and chams
     
  10. marcsman16

    marcsman16 Member

    No they are in different cages
     
  11. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    If your Cham doesn’t like to cup feed I’m not sure how a soda cup will help you...

    Check out the “feeder cups” from FullThrottleFeeders.com. This one contains the feeders and gives them something to climb up on. I find that chams react better to this set up because they feel like they are hunting, not just eating from the bottom of a cup. Seeing them climbing up and down will trigger his hunting response.

    Below is a pick of my viv with a few young veilds in it. The cup on the left side is held up by magnets, it’s deep enough that the crickets can’t jump out. If you look closely you can see that I have a vine hanging halfway down the inside of the cup but never touches the bottom or sides. This allows the chams to get within range but doesn’t give the crickets something to climb out of the cup with. D19CBF72-4E0B-4EA9-8DE7-A8C25FA9D549.jpeg 64724A10-1DC1-4222-BA2D-6A274309E79F.png
     
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  12. JoshD49

    JoshD49 Avid Member

    Do the full throttle feeders camo feeders that @Brodybreaux25 reccomended. They are the best hands down. Or make one yourself but these are made well and my Cham eats out of it everyday.
     
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  13. 44937

    44937 Member

    just curious how do these feeders stop the crickets from jumping out?
     
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  14. Jesspete

    Jesspete Established Member

    Are those eggs in the cups in the bottom, or something else?
     
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  15. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    There is nothing that stops them physically from jumping out other than the fact that jumping is a defensive reaction to evade a preditor. A couple will escape here and there but most just sit on the screen until they get picked off.
     
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  16. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Not eggs. Hornworm cocoons and BSFL larvae. As the larvae emerge from their cocoons they crawl out the top of the cups and fly around until a baby hunts them down.
     
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  17. Kali11

    Kali11 Established Member

    I've only used my feeder cup for superworms. The crickets just roam around in there until she eats them. I only put a few in there every day. I think she likes to hunt them down. She also will just sit there and wait for one to crawl close enough for her to get
     
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  18. JoshD49

    JoshD49 Avid Member

    I use the full throttle feeder cup for everything. My cham finds the superworms in the bottom just fine an likes picking the crickets off. The only thing is the roaches. they just hide in the bottom. just recieved my second one in the mail. Thanks @nick barta !
     
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  19. nick barta

    nick barta Chameleon Enthusiast
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    Regarding crickets jumping out of the cup, Brodybrueax25 is correct, here is the trick: Dust your crickets with calcium, vitamins, etc in a dusting cup. Let them calm down before you dump them into the feeder cup, and SLOWLY jiggle the dusting cup to let the crickets fall into the feeding cup. They will climb the grid on the back of the cup, but not jump out if they aren't feeling threatened.

    CHEERS!

    Nick
     
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  20. JoshD49

    JoshD49 Avid Member

    This defiantly helps! Like I said I have 1 or 2 of the adult ones that will get brave and jump but that is rare. If they do then my cham hunts them down anyway.
     

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