Automatic Feeder

Discussion in 'Enclosures And Supplies' started by lizardhelp, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. lizardhelp

    lizardhelp New Member

    Hi guys,

    I would like to ask for some advice on something.
    I am making a self cricket feeder for my reptile, I was planning on making something that will lower a cup of crickets to the ground of my cage. Then it will dispense crickets for my reptile. I was wondering if anyone has any better suggestions or advice that I can use?

    Thank you very much
     
  2. CJ's Exotics

    CJ's Exotics Avid Member

    Any pictures of the prototype, or is it still on paper?
     
  3. lizardhelp

    lizardhelp New Member

    sorry I still have it on paper Im trying to see how I will do it, I was planning on have a string connected to a timer or something as the timer goes it will slowly tighten the string that is connected to a cup with a lid. That lid will then open which contains crickets inside.
     
  4. CJ's Exotics

    CJ's Exotics Avid Member

    Just be careful, anything mechanical that could harm your cham needs to be rethought for safety. Sometimes I think about a system for my chameleons for when I breed Gracilior, if I could connect a lot of PVC tubing, and a cover that was lifted when it was set on a timer. The crickets would crawl in with the smell of something alluring at the end of the tunnel when the timer goes off. I have been thinking just like you about automatic feeders. BTW, what is the point of automatic feeding if you have to refill it every feeding? I think it would have to be connected to your colony.
     
  5. Angelwolf

    Angelwolf Chameleon Enthusiast

    I have often thought of using something like this. Screenshot_20171115-184224.png All you need to do is give your crickets enough food and water for up to 6 days. And maybe throw a couple extra in towards the end of the week to compensate for die offs.
     
  6. JacksJill

    JacksJill Chameleon Enthusiast

    I like that idea. I'm just afraid the crickets inside it would just run amok under the cover and not stay in each daily portion.
    The chameleon breeder podcast has a segment on what to do when going out of town if you have chameleons (episode 3). It's worth a listen.
     
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  7. lizardhelp

    lizardhelp New Member

    Yes, I will definitely make sure its safe I don't want to hurt my cham, I thought the same thing about that there isnt really no point of a self cricket feeder but I am doing it for a school porject, I wanted some advice of other people, i do like how you said to connect it to a colony. What are crickets attracted to?
     
  8. lizardhelp

    lizardhelp New Member

    Can you send the link of the podcast please I would like to listen to it >
     
  9. NickTide

    NickTide Established Member

    Never figured out how to feed crickets but flies are possible. BSF or blue bottle flies. Give them a container they can fly out of but larvae can' climb out of and cham can't get into. Add maggots of different sizes and pupae.
     
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  10. CJ's Exotics

    CJ's Exotics Avid Member

    I'm not familiar with the website, I just use a tablet and headphones. It is really fun to listen to that when you have to clean a bunch of reptile cages, so just go to podcasts, which is a purple app if you have an ipad, and look up chameleon, and the "Chameleon Breeder Podcast" will show up. There is a lot of great info there.
     
  11. JacksJill

    JacksJill Chameleon Enthusiast

  12. lizardhelp

    lizardhelp New Member

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  13. lizardhelp

    lizardhelp New Member

    So does any one have any advice for building something for a lizard
     
  14. NickTide

    NickTide Established Member

    The auto cat feeder type would probably work but you're going to have a lit of dead crickets. Dubias and super worms would work better. Drop a piece of carrot in each compartment to keep them hydrated and nutritious. They also have fish feeders that have the compared ments like that. It could drop worms or dubias into a feeder cup.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000...ish+feeder&dpPl=1&dpID=51XDi23ayGL&ref=plSrch
     
  15. lizardhelp

    lizardhelp New Member

    what do you want to build
     
  16. Mr.Freeze the cham

    Mr.Freeze the cham New Member

    I literally had the same idea but a different concept
     
  17. lizardhelp

    lizardhelp New Member

    Oh thats cool when I am done my product I am going to upload it on youtube of it functioning I will leave the link here when its complete so others can see my idea
     
  18. ispeedonthe405

    ispeedonthe405 Established Member

    Lately I've been thinking about a pneumatic cricket injector. The only thing holding me back is the knowledge that early prototypes are likely to be... messy.
     
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  19. JacksJill

    JacksJill Chameleon Enthusiast

    You just made me do a spit take. Too funny. :LOL::LOL::LOL:
    Gotta go clean my screen now.
     
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  20. zordtaz

    zordtaz Member

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