Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

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Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Postby Hanover Bill » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:28 am

Any thoughts out there on how long freeze dried crickets and meal worms retain their nutritional value? I have a lot of both left from last year and I hate to toss them if they will still be good for this upcoming season.

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.
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ToyinPA
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Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Re: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Postby ToyinPA » Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:53 pm

Hanover Bill wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:28 am
Any thoughts out there on how long freeze dried crickets and meal worms retain their nutritional value? I have a lot of both left from last year and I hate to toss them if they will still be good for this upcoming season.

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.
Bill:

I have used them from one year to the next with no problems. I bag mine in freezer Ziploc bags & then put them in a paper bag. The paper helps to prevent freezer burn.

Only 4 months to go before they return :). I just pray we have a better & much dryer season than last season.

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Re: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Postby lynnh » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:25 pm

Toy are you talking about the cricket you buy live and then put in freezer or The ones that come freeze dried in a package?
2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
2010 44 pair 174 fledged
2011 68 pair 244 fledged
2012 82 pair 364 fledged
2013 82 pair 359 fledged
2014 86 pair 415 fledged
2015 101 pair 427 fledged

ToyinPA
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Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Re: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Postby ToyinPA » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:32 pm

lynnh wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:25 pm
Toy are you talking about the cricket you buy live and then put in freezer or The ones that come freeze dried in a package?
Live crickets.

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lynnh
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Re: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Postby lynnh » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:44 am

Thanks
2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
2010 44 pair 174 fledged
2011 68 pair 244 fledged
2012 82 pair 364 fledged
2013 82 pair 359 fledged
2014 86 pair 415 fledged
2015 101 pair 427 fledged

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Re: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Postby Dave Duit » Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:58 am

Hi Lynn,
Just checking on Becky Cricket Farmer. I will post if and when frozen crickets may be available for IPMO members.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.

JiminPa
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Re: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Postby JiminPa » Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:30 pm

Toy, where does one buy live crickets?
Thanks Jim B

ToyinPA
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Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Re: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Postby ToyinPA » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:46 am

JiminPa wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:30 pm
Toy, where does one buy live crickets?
Thanks Jim B
I prefer to buy live crickets from Fluker's. Set up an account. They do send out e-mail offers now & then. I always post a note "Ship to size, for Purple Martins" when ordering crickets. That way most are all the same size & not a lot of smaller ones. The more you buy the cheaper they are, due to shipping costs. Look around the site & read all the small print before you order. You can check shipping cost by putting the item in the cart & then go to the cart & put in your zip code to get shipping costs before you buy.

https://flukerfarms.com/

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lynnh
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Re: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Postby lynnh » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:03 pm

thanks Dave, appreciate that Will keep an eye out for your message.
2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
2010 44 pair 174 fledged
2011 68 pair 244 fledged
2012 82 pair 364 fledged
2013 82 pair 359 fledged
2014 86 pair 415 fledged
2015 101 pair 427 fledged

JiminPa
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Re: Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Crickets & Meal Worms ??

Postby JiminPa » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:46 am

Thanks Toy for the quick reply,
Jim B


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