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    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2010 10:08pm (May 6th 2010) edited

    Keeper of the hens


    Just wondering, has anybody seen the bird cages you can get with the slide-out bottom? Where the base is plastic, sides and that are metal bars, and then in the base the actual floor bit pulls out. So it collects all the dropped seed and that, and then you just slide it out and can clean it all really easy? Oh wow, that's a terrible explanation! Hold on...

    Okay, there, the white draw-type thing is the pull-outy bit...

    Anyway, I was thinking about locusts. The problem with locusts is that they jump everywhere and, due to hygiene reasons and the fact that the sand needs emptying weekly to stop eggs hatching, I thought a slide out bottom would be perfect for cleaning them out. Easy, quick and none of the locusts would be able to escape (which is the one thing I was concerned about).

    Problem is, there are no other cages with the slide-out bottom other than bird cages. What we really need is a plastic tank or something with a pull out bottom or similar. Anyone got any ideas, or seen anything that could work?! Any other way we could do it?

    The closest thing I could think of was these bird breeding cages, if we took the front off and put plastic sheeting there instead...but that's a farce and expensive!

    Just wondering if anyone has any bright ideas?? :bigsmile:
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2010 10:21pm (May 6th 2010)
    Can't say I've ever seen anything similar, and a quick google search didn't help but did have some good info on what you need as a basic. Maybe you could find an exotics forum and get some advice. Why do you want locust? To breed, or as a pet, or, dare I say it, as food for your snake? (sorry!!)
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2010 7:36pm (May 7th 2010)
    What about those popup nylon things like they keep stick insects in? Do they do those with trays?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2010 8:41pm (May 7th 2010)
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2010 9:02pm (May 7th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northHave a look at these Red

    OMGOMGOMG! NN, that is PERFECT! I got so excited when I saw those I yelled Lyle in and was jumping up and down on the bed :laugh:

    They are fantastic ~ Can you buy them?? How much do they cost?!

    CC, what are those you are talking about? They sound very interesting...?

    Kate, James only eats little furry things :bigsmile: No, these are gonna be rescue locusts...thinking of getting some babbies and some adults and then with careful control we'll be able to work up our own colony and keep them forever! Just need to make sure they don't over-breed, by cleaning the tank out weekly so the eggs don't hatch...
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2010 9:34pm (May 7th 2010)
    Aren't locust a dangerous thing to breed environmentally? Just thinking about if they escape!
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2010 10:45pm (May 7th 2010) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, yep Kate, same as African Land Snails. The breed of locust we would be getting wouldn't infest the house or anything though :P ("Pet locusts will not infest the home if they escape and they have none of the stigma attached to them that is associated with their more verminous wild cousins.") But it's still wise to work out the easiest way to clean them out to prevent any escaping...I've emailed BugWorld to see if they can help us, as they have locusts too :bigsmile:

    Oh, if you meant the eggs hatching when they'd been thrown out, you freeze them first to stop them being viable...
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 6:24pm (May 8th 2010)
    I'm not sure what I'm talking about reall, Red; i saw one in a customer's house and it reminded me of those pop up cots people have when they're draggiing brats all over the world, except it was like a box with a velcro door. But I suppose a locust would just eat its way out, on reflection.
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 8:06pm (May 8th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    Oooh, sounds interesting though! Will have to have a look as we are bound to get stick insects some day :001_smile:
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 11:48pm (May 8th 2010)
    Glad they're a 'safe' type - wouldn't want the crops decimated because one got free!!

    When we lived in flats the caretaker kept lizards and fed them crickets. On 2 occasions one escaped and found its way through to our flat (floor below and across - who knows how they did it!) and drove us mad for days making that chirruping noise until we caught it. Returned the first one but had to squash the second for sanity purposes!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2010 8:03am (May 10th 2010)
    I remember that after the rains in Mombasa we used to get lots of locusts and crickets. Our security guard at our shop used to stand by the lit shop windows and catch the green locusts which were usually over 2" long, pull the wings off and put them in a big pot. They were his fry up
    breakfast arter his night shift was done. Ugh!!!!!!!!