breeding locusts

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08 Oct 2013 20:26 #31 by igmillichip (ian millichip)
Did you follow my article linked here on their breeding?
It has all the pics as well to help.

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09 Oct 2013 09:06 #32 by paulv (paul vickers)
Reading your link was the first thing I did, I looked up utube videos on it, seemed very easy. Here's some pics of my set up, maybe you can see where im going wrong.




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11 Oct 2013 06:49 #33 by paulv (paul vickers)
Hi Ian, hoping you got the time to look at the pics here, maybe some thing wrong jumps out at you as to why the eggs are not hatching. Ive 2 things in my head, one the laying material is wrong or im not keeping it wet enough.

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11 Oct 2013 15:28 #34 by igmillichip (ian millichip)

paulv wrote: my locusts laying her eggs, there are lots laying now, im now taking advance bookings for live food :cool: opsss maybe i should not count my locusts before they are hatched :blink:


This picture may not show the locusts laying eggs.

Although the male may sometimes take a female to a place to lay the eggs, he doesn't always.

The laying of the eggs does not happen at the same time as the mating. What you have in the pic above could be them mating and not laying eggs.

The media for hatching the eggs should be damp but not soggy wet, and should be at a depth to allow the female to deposit the eggs.

From mating to egg-laying is about 7 days, then from laying to hatching is about 7 days (add 3 days to each of them as an outside time scale).

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11 Oct 2013 15:49 #35 by paulv (paul vickers)
Ive watched the female bury her body in the soil and pump out eggs and ive seen the adults mate properly so my only guess now is im using wrong type of egg laying substrate. Its 2 months now since I set up the breeding colony and sadly no babies. Ill ytr changing a few things about and see what happens.

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11 Oct 2013 20:48 #36 by igmillichip (ian millichip)
After laying the eggs, try placing a lid on the containers with the media.....but make sure it is not over wet.
Open the lid daily.

See how that goes.

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12 Oct 2013 12:00 #37 by paulv (paul vickers)
Ill give this batch of eggs another week and if nothing hatchs ill change the media to coconut husk and fine sand. Its getting expensive now heating the viv for 2 months and no food to show for it.

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12 Oct 2013 13:35 #38 by igmillichip (ian millichip)
I used Coire and Sand in those photos in the article.

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12 Oct 2013 14:36 #39 by paulv (paul vickers)
All I can find is coconut husk, it looks little course and is packaged as floor covering for reptiles, is coire different?.

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12 Oct 2013 16:54 #40 by igmillichip (ian millichip)

paulv wrote: All I can find is coconut husk, it looks little course and is packaged as floor covering for reptiles, is coire different?.


It's the same thing, just different names.

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