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Tarantula Feeding questions & Crickets?

Tarantula Feeding questions & Crickets? Topic: Spider writing paper
November 20, 2019 / By Dollee
Question: Hello, I bought a Chilean Rose Hair a little over a month ago, and since then he's only eaten 2 crickets (That I know of). Somebody told me to feed them one cricket per/2 weeks. I've bought one pack of 50 crickets and another of 25, and all of em died within a week or less. And every time I leave a cricket in the container it's ignored. I guess my few questions are: - Is feeding him one cricket every two weeks proper? -Is there any specific way to feed your tarantula, like use tongs and hold it up so he can see the cricket? Or is dropping the cricket in the container the right way? -Is the Tarantula ignoring the crickets because it's not hungry, or can it just not find them? (I should have mentioned that I have a 10 Gallon with a decent sized piece of wood in the centre). -And is there any way to keep the crickets alive? It seems like there more of a hand full then the actual Tarantula. I've heard of freezing them, but I've also heard that if you freeze them, then the crickets will smell and you have to feed the Tarantula right away. I've been feeding the crickets gold fish food and water with cotton balls in a small enclosure. So is there any other type of food that I can feed it? It's still a baby so I don't know if worms or pinky mice would be ok. I know I wrote a lot down, but any help will be appreciated!
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Carnation Carnation | 5 days ago
I own a Chilean Rose and the others are giving you great advice. Rosies are notoriously unpredictable with respect to eating patterns. There really is no pattern. Mine is an 8 year old 6" female and I never know from one week to the next if she will eat or not. All you can do is continue to offer, and if the cricket isn't eaten right away then remove it. Mine has went ten months without eating a thing so don't worry. Just keep him hydrated. I make sure my gal is hydrated by providing a shallow water dish and then I lightly mist one half of her habitat every three days (Rosies tend to prefer a drier environment). He will eat eventually. Do you have a pet store in your area that will sell you a dozen crickets? If not I usually buy two dozen crickets every other week (but I own more than one spider). To keep them alive I bought a cricket keeper, or a small plastic pet pal with the vented lid on the top. I feed them fish food also (either the pellets or the flakes) and line the bottom with paper towel. For a water source I offer sliced carrots and remove/replace them once they start looking dry. Apple slices and potato slices work too but I've had success with carrots. Also in the keeper is a small piece of egg carton. A few crickets will die off but I've been able to keep them for quite a while. Since your spider is still a baby, it only requires crickets. I've only ever fed mine crickets with the occasional superworm and never mice since they're the equivalent to "junk food" for spiders. So it depends on how tiny your spider is.
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Angel Angel
Sometimes tarantulas will go for long "fasts" for no obvious reasons. It could just be that your tarantula is about to molt soon. My rose hair hasn't eaten in nearly 4 months and it seems perfectly healthy. Just make sure your tarantula's abdomen stays a good size. Keep fresh water in the enclosure at all times. One cricket every two weeks sounds reasonable. I normally feed mine one cricket a week. A 10 gallons tank is plenty big. I would go no larger. I keep mine in a 10 gallon. I would recommend buying crickets from a petstore every few weeks rather than keeping so many at a time. I don't use tongs to feed my tarantula, just drop it right in there. If it goes uneaten then remove it from the cage. If not the cricket can actually chew on the tarantulas legs from what people have told me.
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Wilford Wilford
like the answers above, he/she may just be molting. Try to offer different food to him/her as well. I know they love (gulp,nasty) cockroaches. They are natural hunters and will be able to find the food or wait till the food comes to them. As to the crickets, what r u keeping them in? Do you have the bottom of the cage lined with a paper towel? This is needed for when they get flipped over they can flip back over. How much cricket food and water do they have? Do you have them near a window or vent? Do they have good hiding places in their holding cage? Many things can cause your crickets to die. Most pet stores do not take care of their crickets. They are just a food so why take the time to take proper care of them? Often they don't have enough food or water and will turn into cannibals. A tin coffee can with holes punched in the lid is a great little cricket container.
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Scot Scot
If your tarantula is not eating, he may be about to molt. Molting is when a tarantula is growing and so it sheds its exoskeleton and they may refuse food for up to a month and sometimes even more when they feel a molt approaching. You are feeding the tarantula fine, it's probably just about to molt. However, be sure to remove the crickets after a day or so if they don't eat them because the cricket can injure the tarantula, especially if it is trying to get ready for a molt. http://www.eightlegs.org/general/molt.ht...
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