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Signs of improvement [crickets]

We are finally seeing signs of improvement in our cricket stocks. I think most evidence points towards a problem with the wheat germ I picked up to tide us over until our order from our usual supplier came in. It came from SunRidge Farms, which is a bulk foods supplier used by a lot of the area grocery businesses. Poking around, I learned that it's pretty hard to find actual organic wheat germ, apparently because the process used to create wheat germ is pretty specialized and only carried out by a small handful of wheat mills. Even Bob's Red Mill doesn't sell organic wheat germ - just "natural" (which is a meaningless marketing term). In Texas, I used Bob's Red Mill wheat germ without having any problems, so I just have to suppose their supply chain is separate from the supply chain from SunRidge.

I mean, if I really wanted to demonstrate that it's the food, I could rear a separate set of crickets with more SunRidge wheat germ. But that would be yet another side project.

So now I think I have a 2-week window before I'll descend back into circadian madness again. And then I REALLY hope to be finished collecting data.

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Sep. 21st, 2017 07:01 pm (UTC)
I've read news articles recently that use of Monsanto crud is going up because if you spray it on your wheat crop a week before harvest it increases seed size and also dries out the stalks for easier, um, threshing? Harvesting? This is a recent development.
Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:06 pm (UTC)
So I tried to look that up, and it's the herbicide glyphosate (Round-Up), and Snopes says it isn't generally true (from claims back in 2014). So I don't think that's it because I wouldn't expect an herbicide to cause such problems in an insect. I am really tempted, though, to do a controlled experiment with some spare crickets just to confirm that it was the wheat germ and not something else, because other people in the lab are hyper-concerned about pathogens.
Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:18 pm (UTC)
If you freeze it would that kill mites? Mites in the fall are horrible and cause so much misery for people who rake.

Also there is potato flour.

Rice Krispies.


These are glyphosate free.

I am not convinced glyphosate is 100% harmless. Everyone I know feels like crap. Our wings are wrinkled and our flight muscles are the wrong color.
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