Introduction: How to Make Gutload (for Insects)


For healthy insectivorous reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates it is essential to feed the bugs that will be fed to your critters.  Here is a quick, inexpensive and easy way to make a nutrient rich gut-load for your bugs.  I use this for all of my bugs (dubia roaches, crickets, mealworms and superworms) with great success.  It is easy to store in the freezer and defrost as needed and the portions are perfect for preventing spoiling/molding.  See video description on youtube.com (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlM9RaCBt_M) for more info and references.

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DragonB2 made it! (author)2016-02-26

Easy to make and was dirt cheap, do I just leave it in the cage once frozen?

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DragonB2 (author)2016-02-26

Great help

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BennyFourEyes (author)2015-03-31

Thank you, great video great savings.

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carpenterant96 (author)2013-07-17

Question: 1. Will the consistency remain solid because I worry that it might melt and drown my feeders.
2. Can you add anything to make it more pasty?

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jimmygman (author)2012-01-15

Yummy....Now you went and made me hungry....lol
Seriously....Nice video, I'm going to head to the store and get all the items needed.. Do you feed it to the crickets Frozen?? I think I will add some calcium
because I feed my crickets to my Bearded Dragon.
Thank you so much!!!

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stacyah (author)jimmygman2012-01-15

Hiya, glad you enjoyed it! I let mine defrost, the crickets avoid it if it's still frozen. A quick word of caution about adding the calcium powders directly to gut-load, crickets are sensitive to high calcium in the diet and will die more quickly. If you want to add calcium it is better to use a formulated calcium (like Fluckers calcium/water gel) to avoid any cricket loss.

Happy bug feeding!

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jimmygman (author)stacyah2012-01-15

Thank You so Much... I did not know that about the calcium...
Thanks again:)

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scoochmaroo (author)2011-09-26

Great information!

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